Manchester United are actively pursuing their interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger but have joined the race to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton in a back-up move.
Schweinsteiger and Paul Pogba’s names are first on Van Gaal’s list says James Wilson of The Telegraph but French midfielder Schneiderlin is believed to be an alternative.
Pogba is highly unlikely to move back to Old Trafford giving the history of the pair but fellow midfielder Schweinteiger faces an uncertain future with the German club.
Once considered ‘Mr. Bayern Munich’, Schweinsteiger’s injury problems have coincided with him falling out of favour under Pep Guardiola, hence why reports of an exit this summer are being entertained.
Schweinsteiger has bags of top level experience and is a proven, world-class midfielder but Schneiderlin has years on him so is a much better long-term prospect who would be able to settle into the team immediately thanks to his Premier League experience.
On paper, Schweinsteiger’s relationship with Van Gaal, having been coached by the Dutchman previously, would certainly play to his advantage in terms of implementing his philosophy on the pitch.
However, Schneiderlin is without doubt the better long-term prospect and would likely add more energy than a 30-year-old Schweinsteiger.
Either signing would significantly strengthen United’s midfield options but if Van Gaal gets his own way, then Schweinsteiger will be playing in the red of Manchester next season.