The Manchester United manager has confirmed that Morgan Schneiderlin is close to leaving the club.
The Frenchman has been a subject of transfer as Everton and a number of other clubs were interested in signing the midfielder. Schneiderlin joined United from Southampton in 2015 under Van Gaal but has struggled with consistent playing time at Old Trafford.
José Mourinho's preference for Ander Herrera and lately Michael Carrick haven't helped Schneiderlin's quest for first team football. The arrival of Paul Pogba also adding to it.
He has made only three appearances for United in the Premier League this season, all coming from the bench, while his last game for the team was the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, back in November. He is one of the top player billed to leave United as Mourinho prepares to shake up his team, selling some players who aren't playing as much they would like for the first team.
"Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward informed me that the situation is close. Morgan is more than probably going to Everton." Mourinho told the BBC after the 2-0 EFL Cup semifinal first leg win over Hull.
"I am sad and happy, sad because I like him and he could be an option for us, happy because this is what he wants, to play every game and be important in the team."
His transfer to Everton will see him reunite with his former boss Ronald Koeman who sanctioned his sale to United from Southampton.
Just like Mouribho said, it's always said to see a good player leave. Schneiderlin is a good player, but unfortunately things didn't work out as expected at United for him. Hopefully he will rediscover his form at Everton again.