Truly great players put in performances of the highest quality on the biggest stages and when it really matters, they show up and give everything for their team, all of this applies to Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger. His performance in the World cup final was magnificent, and exactly why Louis van Gaal should try and lure him to old Trafford.
Manchester United have a new coach, a new assistant manager and a couple of expensive new signings. After a miserable campaign last season, things might be looking up, but there are still more improvements needed.
One of those necessary improvements is to recruit a midfield Marshall. An experienced player who is confident in possession, can break up opposition attacks, strong tackler and a real leader who is an example to those around him.
After sitting and watching the World cup final between Germany and Argentina, not many players fit the bill more than Bastian Schweinsteiger. His performance was immense, and was topped off with him celebrating a German victory on football's biggest stage.
World Cup final
After sustaining a cut to his face after a challenge from Sergio Aguero, he returned to the field and helped his team to become world champions in a performance that showed true grit and passion.
Schweinsteiger was a warrior, he battled cramp and injuries to keep going for 120 minutes, restricting the opposition. Every potentially goal-saving tackle belonged to him and he was always the man that popped up in his own box to knock the ball away.
The amount of times he was fouled was indicative of how influential he was in the game, and even the most hardened anti-german football fan will have been cheering his performance.
Perfect for United
That style of play is exactly what is missing from the middle of United's team. They have creativity in abundance with the likes of Mata, Kagawa, Herrera and even Rooney but, if they are to become a solid unit that is difficult to beat, they need a player who sits deeper and makes everything secure.
Last season, and ever since Roy Keane left the club, Michael Carrick has attempted to fill those sizeable boots, but it is not his natural game. He has a great passing range and will often be involved with starting attacks but he will never be the dependable, holding player that they need.
At 29, Schweinsteiger is at his peak but will also start to naturally settle a little deeper as he gets older. United could actually capitalise on that inevitable transformation and he could become the pseudo-captain of the midfield.
Joachim Low, his national team coach, describes him as "the brain" of the German team which is high praise indeed.
It is well known that Louis van Gaal is looking to strengthen his midfield and, despite his preference for youth, he is also an admirer of players such as the Germany man.
Van Gaal connection
He will also know a lot about him from his time as manager of Bayern Munich, in fact it was Van Gaal that moved him from a utility player to the centre of midfield where he has gone on to flourish.
Discipline, organisation, teamwork and a great footballing brain are all qualities that United should be looking for in a midfielder.
They should look no further than the man who had: "the chosen one" written on his boots for the World cup final. They should look no further than Bastian Schweinsteiger.
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