Three reasons why Schweinsteiger should see Man United as a new challenge
Dimitri Kondonis looks at three reasons why Bastian Schweinsteiger should see Manchester United as a new challenge
After a career spanning 17 years with Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to leave to Bavaria for Manchester United.
But as the Germany international looks to move to the Premier League, we analyse why the central midfielder has made a good decision in leaving the triumphant Bundesliga champions to join the Red Devils.
Louis van Gaal
The attraction of playing once again under old mentor Louis van Gaal will prove a strong pull for the experienced international. Under van Gaal, Schweinsteiger lifted the Bundesliga and domestic cup double, before just falling short in the Champions League final in the 2009-10 season. Such success will undoubtedly be reflected upon fondly by Schweinsteiger, and with van Gaal undergoing a rebuilding process at Old Trafford, the midfielder must be attracted by the idea of being central to his plans.
The Premier League may be faltering in terms of defensive quality, but it is still one of the strongest leagues in the world. And Schweinsteiger must want to test himself in another league before his career is over, despite all his Bundesliga success, where Bayern were rarely knocked off their perch. In the Premier League, he will be coming up against the likes of Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Yaya Toure and compatriot Mesut Ozil – the competition will be fierce, and for someone of Schweinsteiger’s profile, he must have an urge to compete on that stage.
New challenge / wasn’t playing
Finally, a combination of factors must be lingering on his mind – with the first being the concept of a fresh challenge after 17 years at the same club. Nobody could honestly begrudge Schweinsteiger a move to United as that many years of fine service has earned him that respect, and his loyalty will remain unquestioned if he does decide to depart. Secondly, he has also started to flicker out of the first team squad under Pep Guardiola, and at the back end of his career will be desperate to play regularly. Either way, it seems the stage is set for Schweinsteiger to take on his new challenge, and Bayern’s loss may well prove to be United’s gain.