However, the Red Devils can't be forced to pay over the odds for Mauricio Pochettino's tough-tackling general, whom Dave Kidd of The Mirror states won't be allowed to leave the club for less than £15 million:
Provided he keeps his job, Moyes has a huge transfer kitty to spend this summer and will be looking to bring in several players - prioritising a left-back, two central defenders and a midfield schemer. [...]
But Schneiderlin, 24, has three years left on his contract and Saints would not allow him to leave for less than £15million.
Even for a club with sizeable transfer funds at their disposal, £15 million is a lot of money to spend on a player who, while impressive in his Premier League tenure, doesn't quite glow with superstar potential.
The Saints have done a terrific job of turning players who, while perhaps looked upon as mediocre in the past, have now developed substantial individual reputations in the English top flight.
However, it's something of an ironic cycle that Southampton's stars look so classy on the individual level because their management's tactical nuance and understanding as a collective makes it so.
Granted, Schneiderlin is a fine talent in his own regard, and at the halfway stage of Saturday's 4-1 loss to Manchester City, he was outdoing Citizens counterpart Fernandinho in the passing ranks, as shown by FourFourTwo's Stats Zone:
So, one would think that the 24-year-old has proven himself as a highly rated Premier League asset, but there's no assurances that the same standards would translate so smoothly to Old Trafford.
Is Schneiderlin worth a £15 million investment?
That eventuality would be especially bad in the former's case, as while the £27.5 million Belgian is having a disappointing maiden campaign with United, it's vital that the club strive to squeeze some value from their man through a showing of faith.
Carrick's subsiding would be more acceptable, but for that to be the case, the club must direct big resources toward a more assured, passing-orientated target who they know will deliver results. The sad reality of this is that it's likely to take the massive sums, far past that of Schneiderlin's £15 million tag, but the club can't afford risk this summer.
Moyes' squad is in need of rejuvenation, yes, but while some would argue that Schneiderlin's statistics speak for themselves in arguing why the club should purchase him, the same might have been said of Fellaini following his stellar 2012-13 campaign at Goodison Park.
Squawka shows that the French midfielder's high-pressing tactics have reaped some benefits this term:
Most interceptions in the opposition half in the EPL this season: Schneiderlin (18), Arteta (16), Noble, Debuchy and Santon (all 15).— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 28, 2014
Central midfield will be arguably the most critical point of Moyes' recruitment drive as the Reds look to plug a void that hasn't truly been filled for some years now, although many have tried.
Should, as Kidd writes, United have a "huge transfer kitty" at their disposal, it's in this particular area that the club must abandon the tactic of settling for players who might be great, as they have in recent seasons, instead taking the financial hit and investing in players who will be great.