Bastian Schweinsteiger – Is he the real deal, or simply over the hill?

In characteristically bullish style this summer, Manchester United have seemingly continued their Galacticos-esque style spending in the run up to the 2015/16 campaign – with Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger becoming the latest big name to make the switch to Old Trafford in recent weeks.  


In joining the likes of Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian at the Red Devils this summer, the 30-year-old World Cup winner will likely cause a great deal of sensation and excitement in and around the long-standing Premier League club next season, simply based on the unwavering reputation Schweinsteiger has already developed in his footballing career so far.


When it comes to winning silverware domestically, in the Champions League you can bet with a welcome offer, and on the international scene of course – the former Bundesliga favourite has simply done it all. The well-balanced centre-midfielder therefore leaves Bayern Munich on amicable terms and with his head held high as he begins this new challenge in the English Premier League.


However, whether or not the ageing German enforcer can continue his fine form for Manchester United next season remains as discussion still very much up for debate.


What does Bastian Schweinsteiger actually offer Louis van Gaal going forward?  – Will he simply represent an expensive short-term stop-gap for the Red Devils ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, or will the notorious former Bayern man ultimately prove the perfect signing to secure his new club’s future as a solid force in Europe?


The outcome is yet to be decided…


What remains clearer however, it the impact Bastian Schweinsteiger has previously had for Louis van Gaal when operating in the Bundesliga. Whilst manning the dug-out for Bayern Munich a few short seasons ago, LVG proved a daring and enigmatic coach who had enough about him to adjust the traditional ways of thinking at the historically successful German club.


Schweinsteiger once predominantly held the right-flank as his own during his younger days for Bayern. It was only when Louis van Gaal decided to switch the quick-footed right-winger into the centre that the new Manchester United signing finally starting developing into one of the best players of his category in the modern era.


As a box-to-box man in the middle of the park, the powerful 30-year-old began to show the Bundesliga, and the rest of the world in general, just exactly how exciting he could prove. When it comes to delivering the ball effortlessly to his teammates across the pitch, bravely winning possession inside the opposition’s half, and carrying with him a calm ability to dictate proceedings for his side with the coolest composure possible – Schweinsteiger seems to know exactly what he’s doing.


Manchester United fans therefore have every reason to be excited about their new German signing. The 2014 World Cup winner also has it in him to correct his team’s style when necessary and even give his teammates a good talking to when the situation requires. Bastian Schweinsteiger then could arguably be the ideal candidate to take the captain’s armband at Old Trafford next season – especially as this current United squad seem to lack a great deal of leadership in the middle of the park.


Yes, injuries certainly played a massively unwanted role in the player’s journey throughout the previous 2014/15 campaign, and of course, at 30-years-old Schweinsteiger himself definitely isn’t getting any younger these days – but seeing as Manchester United only paid roughly £15 million for the midfielder’s services this summer – such a shrewd deal simply won’t become the root cause of any financial worry that may afflict the club across the new term.


So then, even though the well-known German midfield maestro probably won’t quite turn out to be the perfect signing for Louis van Gaal going into the new campaign, Bastian Schweinsteiger will nonetheless likely prove a great asset for Man United next term – as long as he can stay relatively free from injury and can keep up with the ever testing pace of the Premier League.

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