Bastian Schweinsteiger should join Manchester United - Lothar Matthaus

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German legend, Lothar Matthaus has given a bit of advice to Bastian Schweinsteiger stating that he should consider his options and a switch to Manchester United so that he can play in his preferred position under Louis van Gaal.

Matthaus believes Schweinsteiger has fallen behind the likes of Xabi Alonso, Javi Martinez and Thaigo Alcantara in the three man Bayern Munich midfield under Pep Guardiola and should look to leave the club in search of a starting spot in his favoured position.

"I can understand that Schweinsteiger is wondering about his future," wrote Matthaus, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

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"Bastian announced that he wants to play football on the highest level until 2018. But in the way he was used at Bayern recently, I think this is impossible.

"There is no doubt he is intelligent enough and has the right overview to further take over the role as a conductor in the holding midfield.

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"But it would be required to build the team around him, as is the case with Andrea Pirlo at Juventus. With Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal alongside Pirlo, there are two players who run and fight for him.

"But Pep Guardiola showed in the last 12 months that he is not that convinced of Schweinsteiger any more. He preferred Xabi Alonso.

"While the Spaniard played as the central midifelder in the important games, Schweinsteiger had to deal with other positions. Bastian never was the fastest and he won't get faster with age.

"Had Thiago and Javi Martinez been fit last season, Schweinsteiger would not have played in important games anymore!"

Schweinsteiger has a year left on his Bayern contract and while there has been talk of a switch to the MLS, Matthaus feels that the World Cup winner should look for a move to Old Trafford.

"A switch to the USA would threaten Schweinsteiger's participation at the European Championships in France next year," the Italia 90 hero added.

"In the last stage of his career, Schweinsteiger needs a coach who fully trusts him and will tune the system around him.

"If Schweinsteiger gets an offer from a top European club, I would advise him a transfer in the summer.

"If the rumours are true that Louis van Gaal wants to bring him to Manchester United, Schweinsteiger should think about that carefully. If Van Gaal wants him, he will let him play where his strengths are."

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