Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Louis van Gaal expected better from Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Louis van Gaal was fairly docile when speaking to the British press following Manchester United's draw with West Hame United on Saturday, but he was far more colourful with a journalist from Bild.

The German newspaper has published quotes from the Dutchman that no newspaper on these shores is carrying, in which he appears to criticise the form of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Manchester United paid a heavy price to bring Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford in the summer, not in the relatively cheap £6.5million transfer fee but his three-year contract, which is believed to be worth £275,000-a-week.


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The 31-year-old certainly had the reputation to justify such a huge wage when he arrived, but, so far, he has failed to replicate the kind of form he showed at Bayern Munich, and Van Gaal knows it.

Bild quote him as saying: "I think he would have been able to play better every game. So far we have not seen the best Schweinsteiger; the player I know of Bayern Munich. I think I'll talk to him."

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With over 100 caps for Germany and a World Cup winner's medal, Schweinsteiger was brought to the club to add experience and a winning mentality to the Old Trafford dressing room, but he showed the petulance of a teenager in yesterday's game against the Hammers.

Indeed, he was lucky to still be on the pitch after appearing to elbow Winston Reid in the face during a first-half incident. Referee Mark Clattenberg called both players over following the incident but did not appear to see what television cameras later showed.

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Obsessed with video analysis, Van Gaal would have almost certainly seen the footage and would also accept that the German could now be facing an FA violent conduct charge, which could carry a three-game ban.

Following the incident, Reid said: "It was a red card. He knows what he's done - he's elbowed me in the face. The referee couldn't see it, so we move on."

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