It was only just over a year ago that Ryan Giggs and Bastian Schweinsteiger were opponents in the biggest club competition in Europe. Different teams, different countries and seemingly different paths.
David Moyes had taken Manchester United to the quarter final of the Champions League and Pep Guardiola was trying to guide Bayern Munich towards the final in his first year at the club.
Schweinsteiger had scored in the first leg of the tie to give his side an away goal and an equaliser before being sent off for two yellow cards near the end of the game. It would be the final game that Ryan Giggs ever played in the Champions League and he was taken off at half-time for Shinji Kagawa.
Regardless of what side of the fence on, there is little doubt that both Giggs and Schweinsteiger are legends in their respective roles for their clubs.
During Schweinsteiger’s 17 years at Bayern Munich, he won eight Bundesliga titles, a Champions League and various domestic honours. He has been capped 111 times for Germany, won a World Cup and has been the epitome of technical German football excellence for well over a decade.
Giggs, on the other hand, has just as an impressive resume. The Welshman won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and won 64 caps for his country during his 24 years with the club. He was the Gareth Bale of Wales before Gareth Bale existed.
Fast forward a year and a half from that game and the two men are reunited. The thought of two of the most exciting footballers of recent times and what they might achieve under a Louis van Gaal coached team is simply unbelievable.
While Schweinsteiger was a more central midfielder and Giggs an exceptionally pacy winger, he did turn into a more central midfielder in his last year under Moyes.
Giggs joined up immediately with Louis van Gaal and his backroom staff after his retirement and there is little doubt that Schweinsteiger has the knowledge and influence to become a world class coach. The two men will bring an intellect to Manchester United that is based on experience and has been harnessed over the course of two decades.
If the German is managed correct physically, he could have four years left in his legs and with Giggs the possible successor to 63 year old Van Gaal, it is not absurd to think that Schweinsteiger could become captain of the club one day under the management of Giggs.
The possibilities in terms of trophies are endless for the two men and to think that the young players have such revered players looking over them will mean only good things for United in years to come.
How times change.