Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin left Southampton after seven years last week in order to join Manchester United. AFP

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has heaped praise on Morgan Schneiderlin and backed the midfielder to be a top player at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old completed his move to United from Southampton this summer as he joins Germany's World Cup winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger at his new club.

Schneiderlin has featured in all three pre-season fixtures, while the Bayern Munich legend picked up a "little injury", forcing him to sit out of the match against treble winners Barcelona which the Red Devils won 3-1.

The former United midfielder is aware of Schweinsteiger's qualities, but it is Schneiderlin who has been a standout player for Robson from the first two pre-season matches.

"Schweinsteiger looks like a top player. With his career and the way he is, he is absolutely quality. But the one who has really stood out for me in the first two games is Schneiderlin," Robson told during a Facebook Q&A with United fans on their official page.

"He has really impressed me in the way he moves, the ways he presses people and his range of passes is really good. He always wants the ball, dropping in between the two centre-backs, and I've been really impressed by him."

United finished fourth in Louis van Gaal's debut season. They have already strengthened the squad by securing the services of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmianand Sergio Romero, along with Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger.

Robson believes United have the chance to win the league title, despite suggesting their rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are still ahead of the Red Devils.

"I think we have a chance but at this moment in time I have to say I still think Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal might be slightly ahead," the Old Trafford legend said.

"We might make more signings and strengthen that bit more, but I do think the manager has really upped the quality in the midfield.

"I think we could be really dominant in that midfield area. It gives us an outside chance and that's all you need. If you get off to a good start, and if confidence is up, then you just never know."