Photo: Bastian Schweinsteiger congrats Man United captain Wayne Rooney on treble

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger posts a special message for captain Wayne Rooney

Bastian Schweinsteiger sent a special congratulations to Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United captain ended his goalless run with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Club Brugge last night.

The England international has been heavily criticised at the start of the season after he failed to score against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Newcastle United in the Premier League.

However, Rooney, who was appointed skipper by Louis van Gaal last year, silenced his critics in emphatic fashion after a 57-minute treble against Club Brugge in the second leg of their Champions League play-off.

And Schweinsteiger, who teed up Ander Herrera for United’s fourth of the night, dedicated an Instagram post to his captain after United booked their place in the Champions League group-stage draw on Thursday.

Schweinsteiger wrote: “Fantastic performance by the whole team tonight. Special congrats to Wayne Rooney for scoring a hat-trick. @manchesterunited”

The Red Devils make the trip to Garry Monk’s impressive Swansea City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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United have collected seven points from their opening three Premier League games.

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