Franz Beckenbauer surprised by Bastian Schweinsteiger's Manchester United move

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Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has insisted that German international  Bastian Schweinsteiger is 'very brave' to be joining Manchester United in this transfer window. 

Schweinsteiger, who looks set to complete his move to Old Trafford imminently, has enjoyed a great deal of success in the Bundesliga throughout his fine career, but now looks set to star on English soil with the Red Devils. 

Beckenbauer, though, has admitted that he expected the 30-year-old to move to the MLS, rather than having to prove his credentials all over again in the Premier League. 


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He stated: "I find it very brave to make a move like this at his age," the Germany icon told Passauer Neuen Presse.

"People know Schweinsteiger at Bayern and know what he can do. That's not the case in England. He will have to prove himself all over again.

"Basti is 30 years old at the moment. I wish him all the best and hope he can represent German football well in England. Not a lot of players have succeeded in doing so. A move to MLS would have made more sense.

"He has to make sure he becomes fully match fit again and recharge his battery. And that he does not watch too many tennis matches..."

Schneiderlin on his way 

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, meanwhile, looks set to join Schweinsteiger at Old Trafford this summer. 

In fact, the Daily Mail have reported that the French international has already undergone a medical at the club ahead of a move from the St Mary's. 

Schneiderlin, of course, is recognised as one of the leading midfielders in England's elite division, so will no doubt prove a fine signing for Van Gaal, as the club go in search of success. 

Cavani to replace RVP 

The Guardian, meanwhile, claim that Manchester United have identified PSG forward Edinson Cavani as the man to replace the outgoing Robin van Persie. 

The Dutchman looks set to complete a move to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce imminently, with Cavani now being lined up as the man to improve the Red Devils' attack. 

It's far from certain, of course, as to whether the French giants would allow the striker to leave for Old Trafford this summer, but the United hierarchy may well press ahead with a bid in the near future. 

Manchester United fans: Who else do you want to arrive this summer? Have your say below! 

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