Bastian Schweinsteiger might not have been passed fit to play Tottenham Hotspur but it hasn’t quashed his excitement ahead of the kick-off for the 2015/16 Premier League season.
The German midfielder was always considered to have an outside chance of fit having suffered an injury in pre-season but he hasn’t been able to train enough to satisfy Louis van Gaal of his fitness.
As such, he will sit out for United’s season opener against Spurs and fans will have to wait for Schweinsteiger to make his competitive debut for the club.
It still hasn’t quite sunk in that Schweinsteiger, Mr. Bayern Munich, Mr. Germany, is a United player and Old Trafford is his home ground, and it probably won’t until he makes his senior debut.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) August 7, 2015
This season, you’d expect Schweinsteiger to share responsibilities in being the orchestrator of midfield, the player who sits deep and keeps everything ticking over.
He probably doesn’t have the energy to be the box-to-box midfielder he once was but he still has so much more to offer.
When he is fit, having Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin and Herrera in a midfield trio is the stuff of dreams, especially when United fans had got grossly accustomed to overwhelming central midfields that included the likes of Darren Gibson and Park Ji Sung.