Manchester United’s marquee summer signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has posted a tweet from Old Trafford - his first visit to the Red Devils’ famous home ground after completing his £14.4 million move from Bayern Munich earlier this month.
The Germany international posted a selfie in front of the Stretford End, alongside the caption “Greetings from Old Trafford! @ManUtd”
Although a simple message, the Manchester United faithful on Twitter are loving it. After less than two hours it had generated over 9000 retweets and over 11,000 ‘favourites’.
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Big things are expected from Schweinsteiger, who won the lot during his 13-year spell with Bayern Munich, this season.
The all-action midfielder is one of the highest-profile footballers in Europe and further enhanced his status in the game by lifting the World Cup trophy in Brazil last summer.
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Concerns over Schweinsteiger
However, Schweinsteiger turns 31 on Saturday and there are a few concerns that Manchester United may have signed a superstar who is now in the early stages of decline.
Was this the reason why Pep Guardiola was happy for the Germany international to leave the Allianz Arena this summer?
Schweinsteiger only made 15 starts in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich last season, with a succession of injuries plaguing his campaign.
The midfielder missed United’s International Champions Cup match against Barcelona last weekend after picking up a minor knock, but was able to play 45 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
Mixed pre-season performances
Schweinsteiger made his first appearance for his new employers against Club America and looked positively Paul Scholes-esque during his second-half cameo.
However, the German legend was criticised for his “bad” performance by the unforgiving Louis van Gaal following United’s 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes days later.
This damning assessment will have come as no to surprise to Schweinsteiger, though. He worked under Van Gaal while at Bayern Munich and knows precisely how the veteran Dutch coach operates.
United can win title if Schweinsteiger shines
If Schweinsteiger can produce his best form at Old Trafford, Manchester United will have a real chance of winning the Premier League title this season.
But can he overcome his injury problems? Will he adapt to the pace of the Premier League?
These are just two of the questions he’ll have to answer over the course of the 2015-16 campaign, starting in eight days time against Tottenham.
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