Bastian Schweinsteiger has admitted he and former boss Pep Guardiola share a normal relationship, insisting that Manchester United were always a club he had thought about joining.
The Germany international moved to Old Trafford earlier this summer to quite the fanfare, with rumours stating that he and Guardiola hadn’t seen eye to eye.
However, the man himself has rejected such a notion, claiming that he had always thought about joining the Red Devils.
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"He contacted me once my transfer was sealed," Schweinsteiger said, as per Bild.
"Everything's OK between us. We've got a normal relationship."
"To have the chance to sign a contract at Manchester United is something very special. It was the club floating around in my head all the time.
"I always had that one thought: Should I indeed go to England then it has to be Manchester United. Now was the right time."
A great deal
Indeed his transfer is quite the coup from Van Gaal, with his experience in world football a valuable asset to United as they try and climb back to the roosts of Europe’s elite clubs.
The Manchester outfit managed to put one leg in the Champions League last night by beating Club Brugge 3-1. If they can complete the feat in Belgium next week they’ll be looking to the likes of Schweinsteiger when they come across Europe’s top teams in the competition proper.
It’s also good to know that Schweinsteiger had always considered a move to Old Trafford a possibility.
The midfielder spent the entirety of his club career to date at German superpower Bayern Munich, and so United’s pull must remain strong if they’re able to turn the head of such a player.
Admittedly Van Gaal’s project, now that it’s fully up and running, looks destined to bear fruits, with the likes of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin having also joined the cause.
United fans, how many years service does Schweinsteiger have left to give? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.