Bastian Schweinsteiger is closing in on full fitness for Manchester United having overcome his injury problems from the pre-season.
The 31-year-old midfielder made a substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the season but had a niggling injury problem on tour which got in the way of his preparation.
However, he is now feeling much fitter ahead of Friday night’s match and hopes to be 100% fit in the next week.
Speaking to ManUtd.com he said: “It’s fine, I had three or four days in America where I had this injury and it was not so good for my rhythm.
“Now I feel much better and also the game was very important to play 30 minutes. The training sessions are very important for me, too. I’m getting better and I hope I will be 100 per cent fit in the next week.”
It’s a real boost for United that Schweinsteiger is closing in on his full fitness because it gives Louis van Gaal another midfield option.
When he came on against Tottenham, Schweinsteiger was immediately telling players what to do and embraced the leadership role straight away. That’s something United severely lacked last season.
Alongside Michael Carrick, Schweinsteiger is the player who fans are looking forward to seeing marshal the team around him and a tricky away tie to Aston Villa is exactly the sort of occasion where those players are incredibly important.