Football - Schneiderlin happy to prove Pardew wrong

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is enjoying proving doubters like former manager Alan Pardew wrong.

PA Sport

The 23-year-old is one of Saints' longest serving players and has made 185 appearances for the club since joining from Strasbourg in 2008

Schneiderlin suffered relegation in his first season but then played an integral part in Southampton's rise from League One to the top flight, where this season he has attracted plaudits from fans, pundits and statisticians.

The Frenchman has made more interceptions than any player in the top five European leagues and covered more ground on average than any Premier League player.

Schneiderlin has also made a league high 102 tackles - a statistic that proves a point to former manager Pardew.

"You know I don't want to pick anyone from all the time I had here at Southampton because every manager I had brought me something," he said when asked about the Newcastle manager's influence.

"It would not be fair to bring, for example, Alan Pardew to say he is the one or something.

"When I first came he was saying to me I never tackled and I wanted to prove him wrong.

"I don't want to pick anyone so I just say all managers have brought me something from when I was five years old. I am very grateful to anyone.

"I am not paying too much attention to the stats. For me, the most important thing is to win tackles and help my team. That is it. How many tackles I did in a game is not really my ambition when I go on the pitch, but if I can prove people wrong who doubted me I am very happy."

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