Bastian Schweinsteiger has admitted that he always wanted to play for Manchester United and revealed that there was only one club for him in the Premier League.
The Germany captain joined Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils revolution in the summer, adding a key element of experience to the Old Trafford setup.
Along with a raft of other players, Schweinsteiger arrived at United to much fanfare, and he’s now admitted - as per the Daily Star - that he was ecstatic to be handed the opportunity to join the club.
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"I’m at a stage where I won everything in Germany and it was the right moment to make a move and come here," Schweinsteiger said.
"I was very happy when I got the offer from Manchester United. I always had in my head the dream that if I’m going to play in the Premier League it would be for Manchester United with the tradition and the philosophy.
"I’m very happy that at the end of the day I’m here. It’s nice of course to play in the Premier League and feel the atmosphere in the stadium – every time it’s a great feeling. I hope we will have a lot of great moments."
A big impact
Landing a player of Schweinsteiger’s obvious pedigree was a coup for Van Gaal, who had limited options in the heart of his midfield last term.
The 31-year-old has seen and done it all at the highest level of the game, and his presence offers United a Paul Scholes-esque metronome in the middle of the park.
Indeed, it looks as though the career choice is one that could pay off for Schweinsteiger, and it certainly gives him a new challenge as he heads into the final few years of his life as a professional footballer.
The new challenge
With Bayern Munich’s unerring dominance in the Bundesliga and Germany being crowned champions of the world after last year’s triumph in Brazil, the veteran obviously needed a new source of motivation. In that sense, there are few better clubs he could have picked than United.
The Red Devils are still trying to claw their way back to the summit of English football and with Van Gaal at the helm one gets the sense a new era has started at the club.
Schweinsteiger might not have too many campaigns left in him, but putting his club on the right track moving forward could offer plenty of benefits.
United fans, how important is Schweinsteiger moving forward? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.