Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has taken the surprise step of criticising Bastian Schweinsteiger for his second performance on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
As relayed by Goal the Dutchman dug out his new signing, who only arrived from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich earlier this month, stating that he did not have a good game despite the fact United were able to beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1.
Criticism from Van Gaal
Goals from Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira and new-boy Memphis Depay sealed the deal for Van Gaal’s side as they ran out comfortable winners, but the United boss was far from happy with the 10 substitutes he brought on at half-time, of which Schweinsteiger was one.
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"He was also bad. There was one highlight I think and that was Pereira," the Dutchman said of Schweinsteiger.
"Players can play bad and certainly when you have only three days or six days training sessions in your legs and you have to play 45 minutes.
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"Everybody can say that it's easy to step in but it is not easy. I think the first match he played very well, and now he played bad. But that is also a process and certainly when you only have one week of training."
Of course since it’s only preseason and the Germany captain was only offered half a game to strut his stuff there’s little point reading too much into it. On his day Schweinsteiger is one of the most accomplished midfielders in the game, and Van Gaal knows all too well just how influential he can be.
It’s likely that the Bayern legend will be at the core of the 63-year-old’s United setup for the foreseeable future, and alongside the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Depay he’ll be looking to give the Red Devils the bite in middle of the park that they lacked last season.
Indeed it can be assumed there will be a host of changes made by Van Gaal by the time the first game of the new Premier League season rolls around.
United have spent big in the transfer window to address the many problems within their squad, and it doesn’t look as though they are done yet.
Deals both done and yet to be
Four big names have been drafted in to date in Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Depay and Italian Matteo Darmian, but whilst that quartet are currently with Van Gaal on tour there are others who could link up with United once they return home to complete their final phase of preparation.
A raft of targets find themselves linked with moves to Old Trafford, most commonly the likes of Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi.
United are believed to be in the market for a new central defender as well as a goalkeeper, and a deal for Argentina’s Sergio Romero could be tied up sooner rather than later.
United fans, how do you think your side is shaping up this summer? Let us know what you think Van Gaal should do in the comments box below.