The arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger has proved that he is a very important addition to Manchester United's midfield.
With Michael Carrick already 34-years-old, another midfield general is imperative. Morgan Schneiderlin is an equally important signing, but he may well be for the future. In the meantime, he could learn his trade from Carrick and Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger's first club TSV 1860 Rosenheim revealed the fee is much less than the initial report of £15.9 million. He actually only cost United a paltry £6.9 million.
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Surely this would be considered as an absolute bargain for a player who has won the World Cup and everything else there is to offer in Club Football. It is strange as well how come no other club but United saw that The German Captain still have plenty to offer on and off the field.
He made a total of 500 appearances and scored 68 goals in his 17 years in Bayern Munich. Should he keep his fitness and stay injury-free, he will play a pivotal role for United's quest for trophies.
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Louis van Gaal has been carefully using Schweinsteiger this season. When he is not starting a match, he will come on as a substitute to protect a lead or chased a deficit. Whatever the outcome, the sight of Schweinsteiger brings confidence to his teammates and strikes fear to the opponent.
His past relations with Van Gaal in Bayern Munich have helped him to settle quicker than any other player. He knew what the manager expects and his so-called philosophy. This is quite a master stroke from Van Gaal because he has an experienced leader in the dressing room who can motivate others and back up the manager at the same time.
Modesty is also one of Schweinsteiger's strength that made him one of the fans favourite. Although he is the captain of the German National team, his gesture by passing the captain's armband that he received from Wayne Rooney to David de Gea during United's 3-0 win against Ipswich showed that he respects the team's hierarchy.
David de Gea was the most senior player in the team after Rooney had left the field. He acknowledged that and it will also do wonders for De Gea's confidence.
As games coming thick and fast, it is important that key players could stay fit. Some United players are already on the treatment table but Van Gaal will be hoping Schweinsteiger remains injury-free until the end of the season. In order to do this, the manager should rotate his players accordingly.
Sir Alex Ferguson used to play his veteran players such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes sparingly at the end of their career.
Bastian Schweinsteiger may still have some gas left in his tank. It is therefore vital for Van Gaal to use him with extra caution because his presence is crucial to help Manchester United reach their goals in domestic and European competition.
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