Morgan Schneiderlin thought long and hard about his big move away from Southampton, the idea of an exit had been over a year in the making and the French midfielder wanted to move to a top club to help himself improve and, in turn, improve his chances with the French national team.
Whilst at Southampton, Schneiderlin had received recognition from the France set-up, and made himself a regular in the squad for manager Didier Deschamps, the footballer must have thought a move to Manchester United would have underlined his place at Euro 2016, rather than undermined it.
Unfortunately, Schneiderlin hasn't really kicked on, despite being given plenty of chances by manager Louis van Gaal. Appearing in 28 of Manchester United's 36 Premier League games, Schneiderlin hasn't been poor, but he's not improved upon his Southampton form, maybe taking a step backward.
Playing for Manchester United and Southampton are two very different things and it would be no surprise if the 26 year old needed a season to find his feet. Unfortunately for Schneiderlin, this season has seen the emergence of N'Golo Kante at Leicester City, who in the current campaign has perhaps surpassed the level ever achieved by Schneiderlin at either of his English clubs.
Kante performs a similar role, but has played like he carries a battery pack around with him, boundless energy and a genuine willingness to look for the action rather than wait for it. That's seen Kante take Schneiderlin's place in the France squad, and with Deschamps announcing his Euro 2016 squad on Thursday, it's worrying times for the Manchester United man.
Speaking to L'Equipe, Schneiderlin was asked if his 'dream' move to Manchester United had turned out a little sour: "I've done as the group has: some good and some less good matches. But it is sure that at Manchester United, everything is different. A good match in Southampton can be viewed as bad in Manchester."
Pressed by the French newspaper on whether his Manchester United move has been positive or negative, Schneiderlin explained: "When I signed for Manchester, I wanted to play every game, be performing all the time, so I'm not totally satisfied. I'm not unhappy, I'm not happy, I'm in the middle. But this is my first year, I am confident that I will return very, very strong next season."
Schneiderlin will be crossing his fingers that an average first season doesn't result in him spending the summer at home.