Wayne Rooney says he is excited to play alongside Manchester United's new signings next season and singled out Bastian Schweinsteiger for praise.
The Bayern Munich ace joined Manchester United in a deal worth £15 million on Monday, signing on the dotted line moments before a deal for Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin was announced.
The midfield duo join Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian as the new-boys at Old Trafford this summer, with plenty more expected to follow them over the coming weeks. Manchester United have spent around £75 million on those four signings, and Rooney says it's an exciting time to be with the Red Devils.
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The Manchester United forward also believes that Schweinsteiger, who has joined the pre-season tour in north America, in particular can help the club push on both at home and in Europe next season.
"Bastian is a very experienced player who has won everything in the game and it’s great that he has chosen to join us and left a team like Bayern Munich to come here," Rooney told MUTV in an exclusive interview to be broadcast on Wednesday at 18:30 BST.
"And Morgan as well – it’s great to see Bastian, him, Matteo and Memphis all come in and give the squad a boost. It’s exciting times and I’m sure over the next week or two it’ll be great for us to get some training sessions in and get to know each other's games."
Schweinsteiger made more than 340 appearances for Bayern Munich and helped the club win eight league titles as well as the Champions League in 2013, and Rooney believes his tactical nous will help take Manchester United to another level.
"Bastian speaks very good English so that’s a boost for the squad, too," he explained. "He’s a fantastic player, he’s shown that over the years and it’s great that we’ve got him and I'm sure he’ll be a good player for us. We had the day we first flew out when we first met Bastian and Morgan and they’ve settled in as well as they can do in a couple of days. It’s great to have them with us."
Opinion has been a little split over Schweinsteiger - he's either been deemed as too old and slow for Manchester United's youthful team, or he's been pitched as just the type of player they need to help steer this ship into this brave new era.
The German international has never relied on pace in his game; it's always been about passing and positioning, neither of which have abandoned him just yet.
Even if he can help get Manchester United back near the top for one season the deal would have been worth it - a fact that Van Gaal knows as he takes charge of the Red Devils in Europe for the first time.