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SCOUTED Name: Morgan Schneiderlin Age: 25 Position: Midfielder Game watched: Manchester United vs Southampton, Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday January 11th, 2015. Reason for watching: Third vs Fourth in the Premier League at a time when the transfer window is open. With many teams linked to Schneiderlin since the summer, it was a great opportunity to watch the central midfielder perform in a big game at an enormous ground. Tactical Team Shape – Southampton boss Ronald Koeman asked his team to play a 4-4-1-1 shape but the versatility came inside the midfield four. Behind them a normally organized defence, led by the impressive Jose Fonte, overcame a first half injury to Toby Alderweireld to again shine. In front of them, Koeman asked debutant Eljero Elia to roam across the field with Graziano Pelle up top on his own. Elia often stayed on the left, which meant they were a little lopsided, but to combat that, right back Nathaniel Clyne advanced more than left back Ryan Bertrand. The two full backs were superb in stopping crosses coming in and often had more room than normal as United were very narrow in attack and didnt get many wide men forward to help their full backs. A lot of this came down to how well Southampton played in midfield and their midfield four were the best unit for the visitors. They surprised Louis Van Gaal with a diamond shape meaning they didnt get too deep and could encourage, and often, start the press that worked so effectively to stop United passing it out with their back three. Not surprisingly, Schneiderlin was at the base of the midfield, when in possession, but regularly in defence, he was joined in a fierce line of three by Victor Wanyama and Steven Davis, allowing James Ward-Prowse room just in front to be a key outlet for any transition. Defending – It was a sensational away performance by Southampton, led by the controlled Schneiderlin in midfield. United tried many different avenues in attack, moved players from different positions but couldnt unlock the tightest defence in the league. The French midfielders impact on all of that was enormous. When you visit Old Trafford, you need supreme discipline in midfield. Schneiderlin had this and led by example, helping his team to do the same. He glides through a match and is regularly in the right position at the right time. The Saints defended very deep and offered the wings to United, something that in the past would have been dangerous but this United team didnt have numbers out wide or effective crossers. When one did come in, it often found Schneiderlin who positioned himself in front of the back four as a key member of the midfield line of three in front of the back four. Attacking – Southampton have not climbed to third in the table simply because they are good without the ball and Schneiderlin plays a key part in their attacks. Koemans men are very good in transitions because the players understand where they need to be. Schneiderlin reads the game superbly and rarely plays a pass into feet in a vulnerable scenario. There is a trust from the opponent that when he passes it to them, he knows they have time to receive and react. After United conceded, the home team did ignite some pace into their attacks and it was then that Schneiderlin blossomed even more. Here he is facing up to Juan Mata... Soon after, he would force the Spaniard to pass the ball, before receiving it back and getting bullied off the ball by Schneiderlin, who again calmly started another attack from deep... Physicality Strength – Schneiderlin doesnt intimidate with any of his physical attributes. He isnt tall for a footballer, muscular or really strong but he certainly makes a team much stronger by how he plays. Power – Such a crucial aspect of a modern day midfielder and this is where he shines. Despite failing the eye test in his appearance, he more than makes up for that in the way he plays, brushing people aside, keeping the ball close to feet and in control and regularly changing the momentum of who is in control of the ball. Speed – He is not slow but his speed comes from his mind. Reaction – This is perhaps his greatest of all strengths when defending against an attack. Has the capability to read a game superbly and is equally important in this skillset whether he is running towards his own goal or facing the right way to attack. When a long ball comes over and drags the central defenders back, often a gap can appear for an opponent to run into. Its this Zone 14 that can be so crucial for opponents to unlock Southampton. Schneiderlin is the ultimate protector of this zone. If he isnt in it, he gets back into it quickly. In the opening half, this happened at Old Trafford and suddenly he found himself in a foot race with Wayne Rooney to get to the loose ball in a key position... With both central defenders occupied with the forward and the ball, they needed their defensive-minded midfielder to come to the rescue. Schneiderlin does that with authority, chesting the ball back to a teammate for the danger to be cleared... Endurance – Outstanding. Was not daunted by the big occasion and grew stronger as the game wore on. Work rate – Doesnt waste energy running around a lot and diving into unnecessary challenges like many do who play his position in the Premier League. Technique First touch – Simple and quick. Is more than aware of the things he does well and is not a player who will take more touches than he needs and then expose his team in transition. Passing – Comfortable with the ball, can come deep and split the centre-backs to receive it but also thinks about making the first pass forward rather than to the side or behind. The most frequent teammate he passed to in this game was Ward-Prowse who played directly in front of him. Weaker foot – His left doesnt get used often but his balance is very good, particularly in the challenge. Tackling – At the end of the 2012/13 Premier League season, he led the league in tackles but he no longer tops such a chart. Much of this has to do with the improvement of Southampton as he is no longer needed to sweep up as many problems as the first Saints side under Nigel Adkins, for example. Still, when needed, he has the necessary traits to tackle well. Like many defensive midfielders, is only hesitant to do this when intelligent forwards have gotten in behind him into the space and he is chasing back to them after getting drawn out to a wide position to double up in defence with a full back. Heading – Won two of three aerial duels and, crucially, also made to two very important headed clearances close to his own box which were helped by his footballing IQ as he was in the right position to head the ball when he came in. Decision Making – Schneiderlins calmness is admirable. It is what allows him to stroll through a game at a level that has caught the eye of bigger clubs. Knows when he has a more than reasonable chance at a key interception as you can see here as he prepares for a ball to be played into Rooneys feet... Then shows tremendous anticipation to execute one of his five valuable interceptions in the game... Mental Courage – It was a very impressive display at a ground that has swallowed up careers in the past. Confidence – Now knows he is a big-time player and hasnt allowed his form to drop because of it. Communication – A true leader who isnt shy to point to his goalkeeper and defenders areas on the field they should have passed to. Concentration – Outstanding positional awareness. It is fascinating to watch a game just focusing on him, particularly when the opponents have the ball. Like a boxer, his head never stops moving, side to side, left to right but his body language remains cool, standing up right, observing everything. Conclusion It is clear that his time at Southampton is coming to an end. When Tottenham made an offer in the summer, he sulked and wanted to force a move. Unlike many, when he didnt get his way, he got right back in the team and performed at a high level. Since then, he has only improved. He started all of their first dozen league matches and Southampton lost just two of their first 12 games. Then he was injured, at 0-0, against Man City and they went on to lose 3-0 without him. While sidelined, they lost three more times out of four and we were robbed of seeing him play against top teams like Arsenal and Man Utd. Not anymore. This was an excellent performance at one of the most difficult grounds to visit. Southampton are in the hunt for the Champions League and know if they sell him this month, that will be an unlikely goal to achieve. Expect that stance to be tested with multiple offers in the next couple of weeks. Chelsea and Man City are in a different league, but he could start regularly for anyone else. He would be a great addition for Liverpool and is exactly what Arsenal need, bringing much needed presence and power to a team that has been exposed in this area against big teams for far too long. He is also more than worth the amount Man Utd wasted on Marouane Fellaini. Francesco Totti Jersey . QUARTERBACKS Carson Palmer (vs Colts)Last week: 30/42, 419 yards, 2 TDsWinners of their last three and now tied for the final wild card spot in the NFC, the Cardinals are worth keeping an eye on. 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Hamels took a shutout into the ninth inning, Cody Asche hit a three-run homer and the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Monday night to give Manuel his milestone win. "Truly I think it hasnt been talked about much in here just because we havent been playing well," Hamels said. "Weve just been focused on just trying to win a game and then going from there. "Its a tremendous accomplishment. That type of milestone is pretty huge." The game was overshadowed by a fatal fall at Turner Field. Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee said a man died after falling more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform to a parking lot. He said the fall that occurred before 9 p.m. appeared to be an accident. Hamels (5-13) struck out nine with one walk while allowing six hits and one run as the Phillies snapped a streak of 11 straight road losses. Philadelphias players signed a base with "1,000" in Phillies red. The base sat in Manuels office after the game. "Its definitely quite an achievement," Manuel said. "Like I told the players, theyre the ones who make it happen. "Im sure later on it will probably mean a lot more to me than right now." Asche, a left-handed hitter, pulled a fastball from Julio Teheran (9-6) about three rows deep into the right-field seats in the sixth inning for his second homer. Asche hit his homer two pitches after Teheran hit Darin Ruf with a pitch. Chase Utley, who led off the inning with a single, also scored on the homer. Asche singled off Anthony Vavaro in the ninth, stole second and scored on a single by Carlos Ruiz. Hamels didnt allow more than one baserunner in any inning until the seventh, when he walked Dan Uggla with one out after Chris Johnson singled. B.J. Upton then hit into a double play to end the inning. Upton, who struck out to end the second with Brian McCann on third base following his leadoff double, is 7 for 73 (.096) with runners in scoring position. Hes hitting .191 overall. Justin Upton led off the ninth with a double to left field. With two outs, Chris Johnson hit a ground-rule double to right field to spoil Hamels shutout bid. Despite Hamels poor record, the left-hander still commands respect in the Braves clubhouse. &quoot;We know any time we play the Phillies that this could happen with the arms that they run out there," Johnson said.dddddddddddd "Give all the credit to Cole Hamels tonight." Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the goal was to get Hamels out of the game. "We were hoping to get into the bullpen," Gonzalez said. "When you get into those games, sometimes getting into the bullpen helps you the rest of the series. And he didnt let us do that." Manuel said Hamels showed his determination to remain in the game in the top of the ninth. "He got his bat and his helmet and made sure he got up on deck real quick," Manuel said. "He was determined he was going to finish." The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second. Hamels hit a one-out triple beyond the reach of B.J. Upton in centre field and scored on Jimmy Rollins single. With two outs, Utley singled and Domonic Brown walked, loading the bases, but Rufs groundout ended the inning. Teheran gave up four runs on six hits and one walk in six innings, ending his streak of four straight starts allowing no more than one earned run. McCann returned after sitting out two starts to rest his sore right knee. Justin Upton started after leaving Sundays game with cramping in his left hamstring. The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 48 minutes by rain. Chafee, the police spokesman, said it was unclear if wet conditions contributed to the fans fall. He said police received the report of the fall just before 9 p.m. When officers arrived, they located a man who appeared to have fallen 65 feet, or about six stories. The man was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and died of his injuries. The mans name was not immediately released. NOTES: The triple was the second of Hamels career. ... He took his first win in Atlanta since April 20, 2011. ... Manuel is 1,000-824. ... The Phillies last road win was July 19 at the Mets. ... Braves LHP Paul Maholm, out since July 21 with a bruised left wrist, said his six-inning simulated game before batting practice was a success. Gonzalez said Maholm may need only one minor league rehab game before he can come off the 15-day DL. ... Manuel said he watched on his phone as RHP Roy Halladay threw in the bullpen in Clearwater, Fla. Halladay has been out since May 6 with right shoulder inflammation. "Hes looking pretty good," Manuel said. ... Phillies RHP Ethan Martin will face Braves RHP Kris Medlen on Tuesday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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