Not only has Bastian Schweinsteiger won everything in club football with Bayern Munich but he also won the World Cup last year with Germany.
Therefore, by his incredibly high standards he has made a relatively slow start to his Manchester United career. However, after a fabulous performance against Liverpool, the 31-year-old German is now ready to be the leading midfield man at Old Trafford.
SLOW START TO THE SEASON
It’s worth noting that Schweinsteiger had his summer holiday cut short to agree terms with United in time to join the club’s pre-season tour of America.
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Ever since the German joined the Red Devils Louis van Gaal insisted his new signing needed time to build up his fitness levels and adjust to the fast rhythm of the Premier League.
Additionally the competition for places in midfield is as stronger than it has been for many years. Schweinsteiger, along with Ander Herrera, was forced to watch on from the bench as Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin started the first few matches.
Schweinsteiger showed his class in the Champions League play-off round first leg when he made more passes in 45 minutes than the Club Brugge players managed in the entire game.
He then started his first game for United in the disappointing 0-0 draw to Newcastle before playing his first full 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss at Swansea.
After a slow introduction, Schweinsteiger produced his best display in a United shirt, to date, in the 3-1 victory over Liverpool.
Having returned from the international break off the back of two significant wins with the German national team, Schweinsteiger played a full 90 minutes yet again and was at his very best.
For a 31-year-old who lacks pace, he pressed and closed down all game, put in some crunching tackles and showed his skill on the ball with some brilliant touches.
He led by example on the pitch with his passing, composure on the ball and ability to control possession and see the game out. Along with Carrick, and then Schneiderlin, United bossed the middle of the park and dominated the ball during the game.
WHAT LIES AHEAD
There are unlikely to be any communication issues between the German and Van Gaal’s men seeing as he can speak excellent English. 20-year-old Luke Shaw has hailed Schweinsteiger’s humour and humility off the pitch and the German has admitted he loves his new life in England.
Schweinsteiger is a leader on the field and for a man who has won everything in club football he seems determined to give everything to United.
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