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Louis van Gaal has signalled intent with Bastian Schweinsteiger purchase

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The last time Manchester United won the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson was coming to the end of his phenomenal tenure.

After so many years at the top, it was hard to see anyone coming in and doing the same job. It was therefore no surprise to see Ferguson's successor, David Moyes struggle from day one.

I mean, talk about a poisoned chalice. Yes, Moyes had to deal with the boo-boys, but in reality it was always going to be a thankless task.

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Transition

After a somewhat torrid time Moyes was binned and United looked to the irrepressible and charismatic Louis van Gaal to instil some much needed steel within the dressing-room.

Again, it was never going to be easy; the pressure was on from day one and there were plenty ups and downs during the 2014/15 campaign. However, Van Gaal got through the transitional period with his reputation untarnished.

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So, what now? Well, he's been a busy boy in the transfer market, with the acquisition of four players that really do look to be excellent additions, on paper at least. For me, it's the purchase of Bastian Schweinsteiger that really whets the appetite.

Bargain

At 30-years young, it could be argued that the German still has some of his best years ahead of him. In an incredible career, the international skipper has amassed 111 caps for his country (and counting), chipping in with 23 goals from midfield.

On top of that the World Cup winner has eight Bundesliga medals and is a Champions League winner, among dozens of other honours. The ex-Bayern Munich man has been described as "the brain" of the national side by coach Joachim Low. High praise indeed.

When you see him in full flight, it's no wonder he is so highly regarded.

At £14million, he was an absolute snip and is a welcome addition to the Premier League. His style of play should suit the division down to the ground and his reading of the game will provide United with so many more options, both in defence and attack.

If he can chip in with ten goals, you really can't see why the Red Devils won't be right up there challenging for honours come next May.

Strengthened

In addition to the German powerhouse, Van Gaal has procured the services of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, right-back Matteo Darmian from Torino and the hugely talented Memphis Depay from PSV. 

It is yet to be seen how the new boys will fare for the Premier League giants. One thing is for sure; the signing of Schweinsteiger is one of the most exciting in English history and could very well prove to be key to United's future successes.

United fans, will Schweinsteiger's addition prove the difference for Van Gaal's crack at the Premier League title? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Louis van Gaal
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Bastian Schweinsteiger

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