Roy Makaay believes that Bastian Schweinsteiger will join Manchester United should he leave Bayern Munich this summer.
Schweinsteiger has played for Bayern Munich for 18 years having signed as a youth player in 1998 but he may be interested in a move abroad should his playing time at Bayern Munich be restricted by younger players coming into the middle of the park.
The German World Cup winner has a solid relationship with Louis van Gaal that stems from the Dutch manager’s time in charge at Bayern and it appears as though Schweinsteiger might be interested in joining his former manager in the Premier League.
Makaay told Goal.com that he wouldn’t be surprised if Schweinsteiger joined Man United due to his understanding with Van Gaal.
Speaking about Schweinsteiger, Makaay said: “He’s an amazing player, a world champion. If you saw him at the World Cup final he was bleeding everywhere but he came back on the pitch.
“He and van Gaal had a good relationship so it wouldn’t surprise me [if he joined United]. I hope he stays at Bayern. He’s a kid from the club and he has to stay there. But if he decides to move it wouldn’t be a surprise if he changed to Man United knowing the good relationship he has with the manager.
“When you listen to Van Gaal, there were players he had a good relationship with. Thomas Muller [is one], but he was quite clear and said ‘I’m going to stay at Bayern’ and Schweinsteiger, I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“I know they had a good relationship so if he decides to change it wouldn’t be a big surprise if he changes for here. When we speak about experience, he has that experience. But I hope he stays at Bayern because he is still important for Bayern.
“He’s been playing there for 18 years, starting from the youth so that’s why I hope he stays there and he finishes his career at Bayern because he’s still an important asset.
“He still has a year on his contract left but it will be a big blow for the fans if he leaves because he’s the No.1 there. [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribery are very popular but Schweinsteiger is the most because he started [at Bayern] from a young age until now.”
Schweinsteiger is only 30 and could well add something to a United midfield that has been lacking an identity for two years now. While his best years might be behind him, it would be interesting to see how he would adapt to the Premier League.
He could act as a temporary solution to United’s midfield woes and might have even more years in him should Van Gaal find a position for him that hides his weaknesses while accentuating his strengths. His CV speaks for itself and a transfer could prove to be an excellent signing should United pull it off.