Man United manager Louis van Gaal: Why I signed Bastian Schweinsteiger
The Manchester United manager says he signed Bastian Schweinsteiger for his leadership
Louis van Gaal says he signed Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for his leadership on and off the pitch.
The Germany international has seamlessly slotted into Van Gaal’s side over the past two months following his reported £6.7m move to United from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
He is an example for the younger players to follow so I am very happy with him
Louis van Gaal
Schweinsteiger has already racked up nine appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, forming an impressive midfield partnership with fellow new signing Morgan Schneiderlin.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Tuesday, Van Gaal explained his thought process behind his decision to sign the 31-year-old World Cup winner.
“He was my former captain with Philipp Lahm at Bayern Munich so I think that he is also very worthwhile off the pitch,” Van Gaal said.
“You can see it already now because he is already accepted as a leading player, and that is why also we have bought him from Bayern Munich.
“I believe in the mixture between youth and older players. He is an example for the younger players to follow so I am very happy with him.”
United are unbeaten in their last six home fixtures in Uefa competitions (five wins, one draw), including the 3-1 success against Club Brugge in August’s play-off round.
When the Red Devils last hosted a German team at Old Trafford – Bayern in the 2013/14 quarter-finals – Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the visitors’ goal in a 1-1 draw.
United had begun that campaign with a 4-2 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen in which Wayne Rooney (two) and Antonio Valencia found the net.