World-Cup winning manager, Joachim Low has heralded Bastian Schweinsteiger’s decision to leave Bayern Munich for Manchester United as one which will help him fulfil “last-gasp” ambitions.
Auf Wiedersehen Schweinsteiger
The Germany captain, who agreed in principle to join to the Premier League giants on Friday, is set to travel to Manchester tomorrow in order to undergo a medical and finalise terms.
Schweinsteiger, who won everything there was to win during his 17-year stay at a side he joined as youth player in 1998, including eight Bundesliga and seven DFB Pokal titles, is reported to have begged Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to agree to a £15million move to the Old Trafford based outfit.
The 30-year-old, who scored 68 goals in 500 appearances for the 25 times Bundesliga champions, has now joined forces with United manager, Louis van Gaal who himself managed Bayern for two years between 2009-2011.
Although Schweinsteiger’s move has been the focus of fierce debate from both sides of The Channel, with the British and German media suggesting that the iconic midfielder’s best days are far-behind him.
Low who guided Germany to their fourth World Cup trophy in Rio last July believes that this move can only benefit his skipper.
Want not, waste not
The 55-year-old manager, who was named as the FIFA World Coach of the year for 2014, told German online newspaper Bild.de: “He knows Louis Van Gaal, someone who really wanted to sign him, that is a good thing.
"I am sure that this fresh move to the Premier League will do Bastian a lot of good. I know that he still has big ambitions and goals to fulfil.”
Schweinsteiger has become Van Gaal’s third summer signing following the arrivals of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven for £19.5million and Matteo Darmian from Torino for £12.60million, with the former Netherlands manager keen to create a title-winning empire at United.
Born is the king
With the Red Devils short of natural-born leaders, the 30 year old is seen as fundamental to Van Gaal’s long-term plans.
Löw went on to say: “Schweinsteiger is a true leader and a world-class player that every team could benefit from his style of play, and this is also true of Manchester United.”
Goodbye my friend
One individual above all who has struggled to come to terms with Schweinsteiger’s imminent move to the Premier League is former World-Cup winning captain and long-standing teammate, Philipp Lahm, who suggested that Bayern will struggle to cope from his departure.
The Bayern captain, who like Schweinsteiger has played the entirety of his professional career at the German champions, insisted that he also hopes that his close friend will bring as much success to United as he did during his 17-year spell at FC Hollywood.
Lahm told Bild.de: "For me this move is a personal tragedy, whilst I have played the majority of my footballing career with “Basti” at my side, both for Bayern and Germany.
"However, he wants a new challenge and you must accept and respect that. Bastian has come to this decision alone. However, it is also a shame for the club, and he will be missed.
"I am still his friend, and as a result I wish that he will play just as well for (Manchester United) as he did for us.”
United fans, just how good might Schweinsteiger be at Old Trafford? Can he help win you the Premier League title? Let us know in the comments box below.
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