Gary Lineker: New Man United signing has not been good enough
Gary Lineker says that there is plenty of room for improvement from Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester United
Gary Lineker admits that Bastian Schweinsteiger is yet to click into gear for Manchester United following his arrival at Old Trafford from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.
The World Cup winner has earned a reputation as one of the top midfielders in European football but has struggled to find consistent form for Louis van Gaal’s men so far this season.
Schweinsteiger is currently serving a three-game ban for violent conduct handed down to him from the Football Association and missed Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium due to the suspension.
The 31-year-old Germany midfielder has featured in 15 of United’s 16 Premier League games so far this season but has only scored one goal for the Red Devils.
And former England striker Lineker admits that Schweinsteiger’s displays for United thus far have left a lot to be desired.
In an interview with German magazine Sport Bild, Lineker said: “He’s not good enough at the moment. United’s way of playing doesn’t suit him.
“Manchester Untied play boring, slow football under Louis van Gaal. With Schweinsteiger, the emphasis is on ball control too. I would let him play more freely.
“I’m sure he will improve. But he has a dilemma. He needs time to get used to the English game.
“Schweinsteiger is 31-years-old already however, so he doesn’t have much time left. The performance levels go down from the age of 30.”