Bastian Schweinstieger signed for Manchester United three weeks ago but is already having an influence on the dressing room and the crowd at Old Trafford.
Since joining from Bayern Munich, the German World Cup winner has said and done everything right in order to endear himself to the fans of one of the biggest clubs in the world.
The German midfielder posted this photo to his Instagram account recently and thanked the young United fan for the photo.
Schweinstieger came on in place of Michael Carrick for the last 30 minutes of the season opener against Tottenham Hotspurs on Saturday afternoon and immediately had an impact. Everything from his body language to his forward passing and spatial awareness were positive and in full effect as he began to slowly dictate play to his liking.
Schweinsteiger is 31 and might not have another five years in his legs but he can certainly contribute for United for the next two or three years in a feature role along with a prominent role off the bench, if necessary.
If his workload is handled correctly, Schweinsteiger can play in 40 games for United this year and will most certainly affect any game that he plays in.
The respect for him within the United squad is clear and he has been in giddy form since going the club. He is obviously happy to be in Van Gaal’s plans and willing to help the team as much as possible.
Every midfielder in the squad, regardless of age, is learning from Schweinsteiger and it appears as though the new signing has been inundated with questions.
The German international got a raucous round of applause as he entered the fray for his Manchester United debut and will look to build on that performance on Friday night against Aston Villa.