Bastian Schweinsteiger set to break German appearances record

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could set a Germany record for the most European Championship appearances in their fixture against Northern Ireland in Paris on Tuesday night.

His showing in the 2-0 victory over Ukraine, where he scored the last goal of the game, drew him level with retired World Cup-winner Phillip Lahm on 14 appearances and he’s only two appearances from levelling ex-France defender Lilian Thuram and former Netherlands and United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar on 16.

Schweinsteiger’s first three games at a European Championship were registered back in 2004 as a youngster under the management of Rudi Völler.

Despite his impressive statistics his future at Old Trafford is still in doubt as his injury-plagued debut season at Old Trafford hasn’t allowed him to play at his full potential.

His goal against Ukraine is a step in the right direction as he returns to full-fitness and a successful campaign at the European tournament could be enough to impress new boss Jose Mourinho.

Bastian needs to working hard to stay fit and will no doubt be looking to get his head down and hit the ground running at Old Trafford next season.

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