Paul Scholes disappointed with Man United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger
Paul Scholes wants an improvement from Man United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger
Paul Scholes has criticised the impact of Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester United.
The World Cup winner has established himself as a first-team regular under Louis van Gaal after the 31-year-old moved to Old Trafford in a £6.7m deal from Bayern Munich in the summer.
Schweinsteiger claps a backpass to the goalkeeper and he plays every week, so the manager must be happy with the way they play
Schweinsteiger’s cross led to Troy Deeney’s own goal at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon as the Red Devils secured an added-time winner to seal a 2-1 victory over Watford.
However, speaking ahead of United’s clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday night, former Red Devils midfielder Scholes explained why Schweinsteiger must improve.
“You expect more from Schweinsteiger, a player who’s won the World Cup and the Champions League,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“The biggest art as a midfield player is to find space, not in your back four or left-back position, in the centre of the park where it’s most congested, and contribute to your forward players.
“There are too many passes before getting into the final third, which is why the forwards like Wayne Rooney have struggled. They don’t get the service.
“The two central midfielders play 10 yards behind the centre-halves and play easy passes.
“I don’t mind that, getting a bit of space if you’re going to play it forward or hit a long pass, but he takes too many touches and he’s constantly coming back inside.
“Schweinsteiger claps a backpass to the goalkeeper and he plays every week, so the manager must be happy with the way they play.”
Schweinsteiger has made 13 Premier League appearances, racking up 842 top-flight minutes this term.
The Germany international has also started all four of United’s Champions League games in this season’s European campaign.
Van Gaal’s side lost 2-1 to PSV in their Champions League group-stage opener in September.