Roy Makaay has admitted that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has a good relationship with the Bayern Munich duo of Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger, claiming that the latter could complete a move to the Premier League in the upcoming transfer window.
As reported by Goal.com, Makaay, who starred for the Bayern all-stars against the Manchester United legends this past weekend, has hailed Schweinsteiger as 'an amazing player'.
In fact, the former Bayern striker has insisted that it wouldn't surprise him if the German international departed the Bundesliga in favour of a move to Manchester.
Speaking to Goal, Makaay stated: "He’s an amazing player, a world champion. If you saw him at the World Cup final he was bleeding everywhere but he came back on the pitch.
"He and van Gaal had a good relationship so it wouldn’t surprise me [if he joined United]. I hope he stays at Bayern. He’s a kid from the club and he has to stay there. But if he decides to move it wouldn’t be a surprise if he changed to Man United knowing the good relationship he has with the manager.
"When you listen to Van Gaal, there were players he had a good relationship with. Thomas Muller [is one], but he was quite clear and said 'I’m going to stay at Bayern' and Schweinsteiger, I don’t know what’s going to happen."
Stay at Bayern
Despite admitting that Schweinsteiger could complete a move to Manchester United in the near future, Makaay went on to insist that he hopes the midfielder stays with the club, claiming that he's still an important member of Pep Guardiola's squad.
He continued by saying: "I know they had a good relationship so if he decides to change it wouldn’t be a big surprise if he changes for here. When we speak about experience, he has that experience. But I hope he stays at Bayern because he is still important for Bayern.
"He’s been playing there for 18 years, starting from the youth so that’s why I hope he stays there and he finishes his career at Bayern because he’s still an important asset.
"He still has a year on his contract left but it will be a big blow for the fans if he leaves because he’s the No.1 there. [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribery are very popular but Schweinsteiger is the most because he started [at Bayern] from a young age until now."
Quality coup for United
Let's be honest, there appears to be a long way to go in this saga before Manchester United manage to secure the services of Schweinsteiger, but it's certainly a transfer that Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal should press ahead with.
There's no doubt about it, despite the German being 30-years of age, he'd most certainly improve United in the middle of the park, as they go about improving in 2015/16.
Ultimately, with United set to return to Europe's elite competition next term, the versatile midfielder would add a great deal of experience and class to the club. Van Gaal seems determined to bring a balance to his Manchester United side, and the signing of Schweinsteiger would provide just that.
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