Manchester United sign France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has completed his transfer to Manchester United.

He joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

The 25-year-old has made 253 appearances and scored 15 times for Southampton since his debut in 2008.

Morgan Schneiderlin said: “I am delighted to be a Manchester United player. Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make. I have enjoyed seven very happy years with Southampton and it’s a club that will always be in my heart. But the chance to be part of this squad to help this great club be successful was too good to miss.

“I’m excited to be starting that journey on our trip to the USA. I know what Manchester United means to fans all over the world and I’m looking forward to experiencing that.”

The French international has made nine appearances for his country.

Louis van Gaal said: “Morgan is a very talented player with great energy and ability. His skills will complement the players that we already have and I am very pleased that we have been able to complete this deal before the tour to the United States.

“That training camp will be very important in our preparations for the new season and gives Morgan and the other players a chance to show our fans what they can achieve together.”

Updated: Monday 13 July 2015