Manchester United’s summer recruit Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that he has always dreamed off a move to Old Trafford.
The 31-year-old holding midfielder made the switch from boyhood club Bayern Munich for a reported fee of £6.4m after a very successful 17-year spell at the Bavarian club.
United manager Louis van Gaal had previously manager Schweinsteiger in his own stint at Bayern between 2009 and 2011, winning the League and domestic cup, as well as the German equivalent of the Community Shield.
“I’m at a stage where I won everything in Germany and it was the right moment to make a move and come here.”
The German captain who lifted the World Cup in 2014 spoke to manutd.com, revealing how the offer from United was just too enticing to turn down.
“I was very happy when I got the offer from Manchester United.
“I always had in my head the dream that if I’m going to play in the Premier League it would be for Manchester United with the tradition and the philosophy.”
Schweinsteiger has given van Gaal’s side an added barrier in front of the defence, forming what looks to be a formidable partnership with Morgan Schneiderlin, with fans dubbing them the “Schmidfield’.
“I’m very happy that at the end of the day I’m here.
“It’s nice of course to play in the Premier League and feel the atmosphere in the stadium – every time it’s a great feeling. I hope we will have a lot of great moments.”
Schweinsteiger has often been seen almost playing the role of a puppeteer, not only with his dictating with his passing but guiding each player as to where they should be and where they should look for the pass.
His experience and endeavour is something that a lot of United’s younger players can draw from, and apply it to their own game in order to improve the squad as a whole.