Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed he could have joined Manchester United in 2010, but rejected Sir Alex Ferguson as he wanted to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich.
The Germany captain completed a switch to the Premier League earlier this month, becoming one of Louis van Gaal’s flagship purchases and leaving behind the only club he has ever known as a professional.
Yet Schweinsteiger, as per the Daily Star, has now admitted that he came close to leaving Bayern for Old Trafford before, five years ago. Unfortunately the pull of Fergie’s Red Devils wasn’t enough to negate a lifelong ambition.
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"I had the chance to join United in 2010. But my goal was always to win the Champions League with Bayern," he said.
"I did that and now I am happy to be here. I've come here to add my qualities to the team and win titles."
Van Gaal's business
Many are now expecting United to have a credible run at the Premier League title thanks to Van Gaal’s astute purchases.
In Schweinsteiger they have a holding midfielder experienced as they come, and the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata will be given extended license to push on knowing they have him anchoring the middle of the park.
Just what was needed
Indeed it could well be that Schweinsteiger’s addition turns out to be the most important of Van Gaal’s United career so far.
With Michael Carrick both running on ageing legs and seemingly more susceptible to injury of late United were crying out for a midfield metronome who could dictate play like Paul Scholes used to.
Schweinsteiger might not have as much rapport with the Old Trafford faithful as Scholes could boast, but if he can adapt to the Premier League quickly he is sure to be an instant hit.
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