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Bastian Schweinsteiger: Man Utd are taking a 'gamble'

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World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to join Manchester United after a glittering trophy-filled career at Bayern Munich.

So what can United fans expect? Are they getting a World Cup winner in his prime? Will he help propel Louis van Gaal's side to their first Premier League title since 2013?

Bundesliga football writer Mark Lovell tells VIP2 why he believes United's move for Schweinsteiger is a "risky" deal.

 

Schweinsteiger was injured after helping Germany win the World Cup last summer and did not make his first Bundesliga appearance until 22 November. Bayern were unbeaten until that point, both domestically and in Europe, so there was no need for manager Pep Guardiola to rush him back.

 

When he was fit he failed to dislodge Xabi Alonso from the defensive midfield holding role and continued to fall down Guardiola's pecking order.

In the end, he started only 15 of Bayern's 34 league games.

It might seem a bold move for Bayern to allow the captain of the world champions to leave but, certainly on last season's evidence, he will not be a huge loss. Indeed, most of Bayern's hierarchy will be happy to get some money for Schweinsteiger although chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has described his impending departure as "regrettable because Bastian meant a great deal to the club".

Former Liverpool midfielder Alonso did more than a capable job last season when Schweinsteiger was injured and when it came to a straight choice between the pair, Guardiola more often than not plumped for Alonso, who is three years older than his team-mate.

Also, Bayern are allowing someone to leave who has not had a reasonable injury-free run since the 2010-11 season.

Schweinsteiger has suffered a series of knee and ankle problems recently. Will he be able to play week in, week out? One thing is for sure, he will certainly require a lot of care at Old Trafford.

While it is wrong to say Schweinsteiger is over the hill, I do not think it is unfair to suggest that he has seen better days.

If he is fit to play over 30 Premier League games, I would be amazed. That is why I think it is a risky deal.

There is no great surprise in Germany that Schweinsteiger is heading for Old Trafford. He has played under Louis van Gaal before and, along with Thomas Muller, has been linked with a move to Manchester United since last season.

He has been a one-club man until now, and there has been a feeling that when the time came for him to move on, United would be one of his likely destinations.

He will hope to have a clean run of injuries so he can make an impact in a deep lying midfield position - a role in which Michael Carrick has excelled.

Germany coach Joachim Low has been quoted as saying that Schweinsteiger's new challenge at United "will do him good". Let us not forget, United are investing in a player who has won eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups and one Champions League. He has also appeared in three World Cups.

If he had retired from international football like Philipp Lahm and Per Mertesacker, I would say he would have a better chance of coping with the intensity, pace and the sheer number of games in English football. But no, he is Germany skipper ahead of Euro 2016. He will have to be very carefully managed.

Schweinsteiger is used to a winter break. He has not played domestic football outside Germany before and it remains to be seen whether he can adapt. Radamel Falcao arrived at Old Trafford to huge fanfare last season but failed to make the impact many predicted he would.

Schweinsteiger is good in the air and brings with him superb experience. One thing is for sure, United will have an army of new followers from Germany. Whether or not he is past his best, Schweinsteiger is still a hero in Germany.

 

Season Appearances Starts Goals Assists

2014-15 20 15 5 4

2013-14 23 22 4 4

2012-13 28 27 7 3

2011-12 22 18 3 3

2010-11 32 31 4 7

 

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You're getting a BOSS.

 

If you can get 30+ starts in all comps from him he'll show he was a good gamble.

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If you can get 30+ starts.

 

hasn't happened in 5 years 

 

 

Can't you ever just be happy?

 

Man Utd have 1 senior striker on there books: Wayne Rooney.

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Bayern fans are happy to get 20million for a 31 yo injury prone player

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tells vip2 why

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Ice the journalist>

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Arsenal shipped a injury prone striker to Utd

Won them the league.

Can't Bastian do the same?

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Arsenal shipped a injury prone striker to Utd

Won them the league.

Can't Bastian do the same?

 

NO, united lost the title to city on GD due to having a weak main striker and signed the best striker/player in the league the season before ahead of the side who beat them to the league on GD which won them the league.....

 

Schweinsteiger is an improvement for united from what they had last season but its a 90s premier league transfer, a big name coming to england for his last payday

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Bayern fans are happy to get 20million for a 31 yo injury prone player

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Bayern fans are fuming pal

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Bayern fans are happy to get 20million for a 31 yo injury prone player

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Bayern fans are fuming pal

not the tweets I seen
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Bayern fans are happy to get 20million for a 31 yo injury prone player

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Bayern fans are fuming pal

not the tweets I seen
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I understand u not a Rooney fan @ Tito but the season the title was lost to City on goal difference u do realise Rooney scored 27 goals that season mate

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I understand u not a Rooney fan @ Tito but the season the title was lost to City on goal difference u do realise Rooney scored 27 goals that season mate

 

aguero got 23 and scored the league winning goal

 

that should be the aim.... not feeding your striker so he has good stats and you win fuck all

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If the hunger is there he will stroll through this dusty league like the way Cambiasso did

Until this day I don't know how Veron failed

Ferguson's shit tactics ala not building the team around your most talented player by a country mile.

Pace of the game?

Too technical for his team mates?

Not hungry enough to succeed?

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Remember when he used to be a winger

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Great signing.

Reckon he'll be as good as Ballack for us.

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31 year old injury prone midfielder who couldn't displace a 34 yo Alonso. Signed for 20million on 200k. Should be playing in the MLS but UTDs desperation shows

Could easily be a falcao mark 2

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Yeah he loves Man Utd 

 

See one pic of him on the way here in the plane looking out the window about

 

" One last dream "

 

Basti>>

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Yeah he loves Man Utd 

 

See one pic of him on the way here in the plane looking out the window about

 

" One last dream "

 

Basti>>

 

he aint a fan of sh*t

 

he's all about the money

 

 

wtf is this? :lol:

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Yeah he loves Man Utd

See one pic of him on the way here in the plane looking out the window about

" One last dream "

Basti>>

he aint a fan of sh*t

he's all about the money

He's been saying he wants to play in the Premier League for years

Don't think it's about the money at all

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