Legendary World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer has advised Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger to snub a move to Manchester United this summer.
As reported by Sky Sports, Schweinsteiger is a top target for Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal this summer after struggling for game time last season.
The World Cup winning Germany midfielder made just 15 starts under Pep Guardiola last season, following the emergence of Thiago Alcantara in a starring role.
Manchester United are keen to add to their central midfield, and van Gaal is a fan of Schweinsteiger dating back from the Dutchman’s time in charge of Bayern Munich.
But Beckenbauer believes the midfielder would best be served by staying at Bayern Munich for one or two more seasons before departing for the MLS.
It’s a similar path to the one Beckenbauer himself took as a player, as the German legend departed Bayern for America to play for the New York Cosmos during the latter stages of his illustrious career.
“I would advise him not to go to England,” Beckenbauer said. “He can stay here as well. The challenge, at his age, it’s not what he needs.
“I would play one or two more years in Munich, at this high level. And then, if he still wants to and if he still feels like playing football is the thing, he can make a step back and maybe go to the USA.
“In New York, Cosmos is searching for players, also Red Bull. So I think if he, as a world champion, goes to New York or another club in the Major League Soccer, that would greatly improve the standing of football there.”
Di Maria involved?
Reports today have suggested that Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria could be included in negotiations over Schweinsteiger, with the Argentine star reportedly lined up as a potential long-term replacement for Franck Ribery.
But Beckenbauer believes that Di Maria is best through the middle, and therefore the Manchester United man would be the wrong signing for Guardiola.
"I think that nobody can replace Ribéry and his way of playing football. Di Maria is more of an offensive midfielder in the centre.
“I do not think he's a real winger. I don't know the plans of Pep Guardiola or Matthias Sammer who are responsible for that. But I am convinced that Bayern will have a strong team next season."