Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has guaranteed Bastian Schweinsteiger a starting spot if he makes the move to Old Trafford next season according to the Sunday Times.
The German has fallen down the pecking order at Bayern Munich and is no longer a guaranteed starter having made just 15 starts in the Bundesliga last term.
The 30-year-old is said to be keen on regular playing time in order to cement his place in the Germany squad for Euro 2016 and is considering his options - with Manchester United set to make their move. Van Gaal played an instrumental role in the midfielder's development during his time in charge at the Allianz Arena and is trying to link up with him once more.
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Schweinsteiger was named as the German team's captain after Philipp Lahm's surprise retirement after lifting the World Cup and he is keen to retain his position for the European Championships in France next summer.
The midfielder is in the last year of his contract with Bayern Munich and will cost in the region of £7.5 million if he does join Manchester United.
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Reports over the weekend have claimed that Manchester United are close to completing a move for Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin. The French ace is said to have agreed a four year contract ahead of a switch to Old Trafford - however a fee is yet to be agreed.
Pep Guardiola is unlikely to offer Schweinsteiger any similar assurances and that could have an impact on his future. The World Cup winner is open to a move to Manchester United but his emotional ties to Bayern means he faces a difficult decision.
Manchester United have already wrapped up one move for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay and have been linked with a host of other targets including Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
Both Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin represent good midfield options - but both offer something very different.
The German international has all the experience in the world and can help a young side whose only real leaders in the starting XI, presuming that David de Gea leaves, are Wayne Rooney and to a lesser extent Angel di Maria.
Schneiderlin meanwhile is a probably the hardest working midfielder in the Premier League, he will add dynamism and be a long-term investment.
Which one is better? It's impossible to say - however Schweinsteiger will cost about £18 million less and can offer something Manchester United need straight away - nous and experience. Plus he's not exactly ancient and will make everyone around him look better. It should be a simple decision in the end.