Ian Wright’s response when asked if Man United star can replace Michael Carrick
The Arsenal legend discusses whether Bastian Schweinsteiger has a role to play in the Manchester United midfielder
Ian Wright insists Bastian Schweinsteiger needs to be tested in games of greater magnitude than the FA Cup fourth round to determine whether the German is capable of succeeding Michael Carrick in Manchester United’s midfield.
The 31-year-old was handed his first start of the 2016-17 season under Jose Mourinho at the weekend after the veteran had previously been out-of-favour under the new Manchester United boss, who took over the reins last May.
However, Schweinsteiger seized his opportunity to impress in the manager’s starting line-up after a dominant midfield performance in Manchester United’s 4-0 win against Championship outfit Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder even managed to get on the score sheet after the defensive midfielder netted in the 81st minute to complete Manchester United’s rout of Wigan.
Asked whether Schweinsteiger was the right man to succeed 35-year-old Carrick in the Manchester United midfielder, Wright told BBC Sport’s 606 podcast:
“I would like to see him playing in more intense games and see how he marshals and shepherds it in that respect,” Wright said.
“I still feel that they’re going to have to go a long way to replace the type of player Michael Carrick is. They still don’t have the answer to him, even though Schweinsteiger is a 31-year-old World Cup winner with a massive amount of experience.
“He needs to play more to see if we can see him that role for Manchester United on a regular basis in big games coming up.”
Manchester United will host Hull City in the Premier League on Wednesday night.