Morgan Schneiderlin
Schneiderlin has been heavily linked with a move to ArsenalGetty Images

Former France manager Raymond Domenech has urged Morgan Schneiderlin to sign for Manchester United as he needs to play in the Champions League for him to be considered for the national team.

The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, with having already had a bid rejected for the player by Southampton. The Red Devils are in the market for a holding midfielder and with Ilkay Gundogan having signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, they have earmarked Schneiderlin as the man to hold their midfield together next season.

However, they face competition from Arsenal, who are, as reported by the Times, Schneiderlin's preferred destination in the summer as he wants to work under Arsene Wenger. The Gunners have mollified their interest in the player since the emergence of Francis Coquelin last season, who has put in a brilliant performance over the last six months to make himself an indispensible part of the team.

Domenech believes that Schneiderlin should not deliberate over his next move and try to transfer to a club in Europe as soon as possible, to hasten his selection for the upcoming European Championships in his home country next season.

"For him, [United] is a good move," Domenech said, as quoted by Goal.

"If he wants to be with the French national team, then he has to be in this Champions League - but if he stays at Southampton, no luck.

"Manchester United is a good move for him. United are better than Southampton, sure, but it's not [Manchester] City, it's not Chelsea. For him, the first thing is to leave Southampton," he added.

"After, if he gets a team just behind the three big teams, it's good. Maybe after, he'll come through. He is good enough for the Champions League," the former France manager stated.

The Red Devils are believed to be preparing a new bid for the player, according to the Independent, which should seal his transfer to Manchester in the coming days.