Louis van Gaal: Man United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger played badly

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal runs rule over Bastian Schweinsteiger's disappointing performance

Louis van Gaal was brutally honest in his assessment of Bastian Schweinsteiger’s “bad” performance in a 3-1 victory over San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night.

The Germany international was introduced as a half-time substitute in the pre-season fixture after the midfielder completed a £15m move from Bayern Munich last week.

In the first match, he [Schweinsteiger] played very well and now he played badly

Louis van Gaal

While Schweinsteiger managed to get more vital playing minutes under his belt ahead of the new Premier League season, the World Cup winner struggled to replicate his display against Club America.

Speaking to the media after his side’s 3-1 victory, United manager Van Gaal wasn’t impressed with the German’s performance, although he backed Schweinsteiger to improve as pre-season progresses.

“He was also bad. There was one highlight, I think, and that was Pereira. But players can play badly, certainly when you have only three days or six days of training sessions in your legs, and you have to play 45 minutes.

Van Gaal added: “Everybody can think it is easy to step in but it is not easy. In the first match, he [Schweinsteiger] played very well and now he played badly. That is also a process, certainly when you’ve only had one week of training.”

Schweinsteiger made his first United appearance in a 1-0 win against Club America last weekend.

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The Red Devils notched up back-to-back pre-season wins after goals from Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Andres Pereira sealed a comfortable win for Van Gaal’s side.

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