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Oliver Kahn fears for Bastian Schweinsteiger if he cannot return to full fitness quickly

by Leo Nieboer

Former Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn feels Bastian Schweinsteiger needs to ‘adapt at an extremely high tempo’ at Manchester United.

Schweinsteiger joined the club last month on a three year deal for a fee of around £15m, much to the excitement of Man United fans and rightly so given how good a player he is.

The 30-year-old World Cup winner has received a warm welcome from United fans from the moment he joined and enjoyed a solid debut from the bench against Spurs last Saturday.

However, Kahn has warned Schweinsteiger of the need to adapt quickly in order to excel in the Premier League.

“A club cannot make allowances for what a player has achieved for them, but they are responsible for looking at what he is currently doing for them,” said Kahn.

“I certainly don’t think Schweinsteiger would have been suited to being a back-up player.

“With that in mind, this decision is understandable.

“Bayern’s style of play was suited to him, but he’s going to have to adapt to an extremely high tempo at Manchester United.

“He could run into problems relatively quickly if he does not get back to a top physical condition.”

Kahn is right in suggesting that the English game runs at an unprecedented tempo, which can prove troublesome for some foreign imports.

But with Schweinsteiger’s experience and illustrious list of honours, the midfielder should be able to adjust to Premier League life with relative ease.

After all, his performances in the Champions League against English clubs of recent times have been exceptional; winning at the Emirates in 2013 and 2014, as well as scoring in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in 2014, suggest that Schweinsteiger doesn’t struggle against English opposition.

Having said that, a different sort of encounter, one never experienced by the German, looms as United prepare for their first away fixture of the 2015/16 at Villa Park on Friday night.

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