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Bastian Schweinsteiger reveals life behind scenes at Manchester United

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New Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has shed light on what goes on behind the scenes at Old Trafford following his switch from Bayern Munich.

The German international completed his move from the Allianz Arena for around £15 million, and has made two substitute appearances in the wins against Tottenham and Aston Villa so far.

He could start in tonight's Champions League qualifier against FC Brugge as he looks to help the Red Devils get back into Europe's leading club competition for the first time since early 2014.

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Speaking to German newspaper Bild following his transfer, Schweinsteiger revealed that the offer of working under Louis van Gaal - who oversaw his development during a spell in charge at Bayern Munich - was too tempting to turn down.

The 31-year-old also praised the Premier League for its competitiveness, and is hopeful that the Red Devils will start winning trophies once more.

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He is quoted as saying: "When you know how the coach ticks, and how he wants to play football, it makes the decision easier. But for the main part I came to England because of the club Manchester United.

"It’s not like I can say: I have signed for three years, now we’ll win three straight titles. The Premier League is a very strong league. Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool all have a high quality. But those who know me also know that I always want to win titles. And I think that Manchester United are a club which can win titles.

'New Era'

"I am convinced that it is possible to usher in a new era at Manchester United - especially under Louis van Gaal. Just like when he took over at FC Bayern. That excites me. I can promise that I will give it my all and will try to help the club reach the level of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern once again."

Schweinsteiger also admitted he's still adjusting to life at a new club, but said the 'special' sense of humour at Old Trafford is helping him - even if some of the practical jokes are at his expense. 

"The English have a special sense of humour," he said. This I immediately experienced in the dressing room. As I walked with two plates while eating, suddenly a teammate asked me ‘Basti, what time is it?’ – Hoping I would automatically turn my hand to look at my watch. That’s quite entertaining.

Manchester United have signed five players this summer including Schweinsteiger, and appear close to bringing in another new face with Barcelona's Pedro on his way.

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