7 Things That Bastian Schweinsteiger Will Bring To The Man Utd Midfield


Experience

He’ll be 31 in a couple of weeks, and Schweinsteiger has seen and done it all during his 14 years as a professional footballer playing in staggeringly successful sides at both club and international level.

It used to be said that you can’t buy that level of experience but that is exactly what United have done here, adding a player to their squad who won’t be fazed by the challenges which lie ahead at Old Trafford.

 

Authority

Chelsea's British midfielder and captain : News Photo

The Premier League might have lost a couple of midfield icons this summer in Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, but in Schweinsteiger the division is gaining a more modern general in the centre of the park.

He exudes authority and will be a presence which plenty of opposition players will recognise, respect and perhaps be wary of, restoring that sense of aura to United which seems to have been missing ever since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

 

Goals

In exactly 500 official games for Bayern Munich’s first-team Schweinsteiger scored 67 goals, hardly a stellar total but a decent one for a plyer in his position.

His 23 from 111 Germany caps give him a better ratio at international level, and he is a highly accomplished finisher as United found out to their cost in the Champions League last year.

 

 

Depth

When Michael Carrick was missing for United last season they badly missed the Englishman’s influence in the middle of the field, with Daley Blind not quite up to the job of replacing him and seemingly better off elsewhere on the pitch.

In Schweinsteiger and fellow new signing Morgan Schneiderlin, United have hugely improved in that area, so much so that Carrick won’t be a guaranteed starter any more – which is probably just as well at his age.

 

Winning

Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final : News Photo

Eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups, the Champions League and the World Cup. It’s not a bad CV is it?

Schweinsteiger is a serial winner, and Louis van Gaal will hope that his influence rubs off on a United squad which have been trophyless for two seasons and are in need of some inspiration as they bid to try and catch up to the three teams which finished above them in 2014/15.

 

Toughness

You could argue that United have been somewhat soft in the centre ever since Roy Keane was moved on by Ferguson, with Paul Scholes declining as he got older and Carrick about as menacing as a basket of kittens.

Schweinsteiger is tough, though. He stands up to challenges and won’t be afraid to put his foot in where it hurts. United need that toughness in the new campaign, especially with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to hunt down.

 

Income

With Schneiderlin also on board, surely United will be charging supporters for new shirt printing by the letter?!

Jan Vennegor of Hesselink is waiting nervously by his phone…

 

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