Raphael Honigstein has spoken to MUTV about the signing of Bastian Schweinstieger and how he will fit into the Manchester United team.
Honigstein is a respected German football journalist who has watched Schweinstieger play in the German national team and Bayern Munich for several years.
Schweinstieger is a central midfielder with a myriad of qualities that could see him deployed in several roles under Louis van Gaal.
When asked where the 30-year-old will want to play in Van Gaal’s side, Honigstein responded: “I don’t think Bastian would mind playing with another holding midfielder, or playing as the lone holding midfielder with two ahead of him with slightly more creative responsibility.
“I think he’s versatile enough to play in a number of midfield roles; I think van Gaal would love to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, even though he tried different formations last year, and I think being one of two holding midfielders would be perfect for him.
“Michael Carrick also had his injury problems last season, but I think someone like Schweinsteiger can only help, with his experience and quality. If he doesn’t play every single game, if he doesn’t play on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke, I don’t think he’ll mind. He wants to be a big player for United, and I think he will be.”
Schweinstieger will be 31 before the start of the new season but he will still feature in van Gaal’s plans and there are few managers in the world who understand the former Bayern man as well as him.
United’s options in midfield now consist of Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Morgan Schneiderlin, Angel di Maria and Daley Blind. The quality and depth of such a midfield is something that United have not had in a long time and will go a long way to rectifying some of the problems that the team experienced last season.