Van Gaal must accept Schweinsteiger blame, says ex-Man United midfielder

Johnny Giles says Louis van Gaal must accept responsibility for Bastian Schweinsteiger

Louis van Gaal must accept responsibility for Bastian Schweinsteiger’s disappointing performances for Manchester United, says Johnny Giles.

The Germany international has struggled for the Red Devils this season and Schweinsteiger lasted 69 minutes of their 3-2 defeat by Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Tuesday night before the World Cup winner was substituted.

The 31-year-old midfielder joined the Red Devils in a £6.7m deal from Bundesliga side Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window after he opted to follow his former manager to Old Trafford.

But former Republic of Ireland international Giles isn’t surprised by Schweinsteiger’s poor form, pointing out that Pep Guardiola wouldn’t have allowed the German to leave Bayern if he still had something to offer.

“He [Van Gaal] bought him. I don’t think Schweinsteiger can do it any more. The manager has to accept responsibility for the signing,” Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.

“We all knew that he was a little bit older. Otherwise, why would Pep Guardiola let him go?

“He can’t say that Schweinsteiger isn’t his responsibility and criticise him. He is his player.”

Schweinsteiger has started all six of United’s Champions League games this season.

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The World Cup winner scored his first Red Devils goal in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City last month.

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