Prior to signing for Manchester United in the summer transfer window, Bastian Schweinsteiger had stated that the only club he would leave Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich would be the 20 times Premier League champions and he finally did. Louis Van Gaal has made the German World Cup winning midfielder a regular first team player and the veteran has received a lot of praise for his performances, though he did struggle for fitness in his initial days with the club.
One of the many admirers that the 31-year-old superstar has made is former Red Devils’ boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who recently spoke in an interview with Kicker, which was published in their Sunday edition. A major part of the interview was dedicated to ‘Fußballgott’ and Kicker asked Ferguson if Schweinsteiger’s move to Old Trafford over the MLS showed a special spirit.
United club ambassador replied saying, “Of course! The challenge in the Premier League is very different. Two factors certainly played a major role. Firstly, Louis van Gaal convinced him. Secondly, Schweinsteiger played for the biggest German club and thus for one of the four biggest football clubs in the world. These are Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Their constant presence in the Champions League is phenomenal. At Old Trafford, he plays in front of 75,000 people, which is attractive. America can be something for later on, certainly. He’s 31. Gerrard went aged 34, Lampard is 35.”