ESPN’s Raphael Honigstein has backed Bastian Schweinsteiger to become the conductor of Manchester United.
The German captain and Bayern Munich completed a move to Manchester on Monday and is now part of a Louis van Gaal that will be pushing for trophies on all fronts next season.
With years of experience under his belt, Schweinsteiger is now one of the club’s most decorated players and Bundesliga expert Honigstein believes his leadership qualities will shine through.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, Honigstein said: “Bastian is a real leader; he’s someone who takes a lot of responsibility and sets the pace.
“He’s always asking for the ball; he insists on building up from the back, so he’ll be the first man picking up the ball. With a bit of movement and a drop of the shoulder, he’ll try to evade the first player pressing the ball and play a pass through the middle or out wide.
“He’ll be the guy at the switchboard of Manchester United; I think he’ll bring real personality and character to the team as well.”
We already had big hopes for Schweinsteiger given his past but Honigstein’s comments, a man who watched Bayern Munich all season, certainly bode well for him at United.
Having that leadership spine throughout the team is something that is crucial for any sort of success in football and Michael Carrick‘s importance to United showed that when he was absent.
Schweinsteiger probably won’t play every game week in week out and will share some responsibilities with Carrick but when he does, he’ll lead by example and that’s a hugely important factor as to why he is a great signing.