Bastian Schweinsteiger has admitted his new team-mates made it easier for him to settle in at Manchester United.
The German international joined Louis van Gaal‘s side in the summer transfer window for a mere £6.5m and has been an instant hit with fans, as well as his fellow players.
Since overcoming his early injury problems, Schweinsteiger has been indispensable for Man United and scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw against table leaders Leicester last week.
Speaking to Sport Magazine in a lengthy interview, Schweinsteiger really sounds like he’s settled in very well in his new home.
“It was very easy for me,” he said.
“The dressing room is really good – very friendly, you can feel also the team spirit. People are very helpful, so it was very easy for me to settle in. The good thing is I’m 31, not 20. So they have quite a lot of respect – so that’s good. It makes it easier.”
As much as his team-mates helped him settle, I’d argue they’d all have glowing review of Schweinsteiger himself because he’s growing into a squad leader.
On and off the bitch, Bastian leads by example and you can see why Louis van Gaal was keen to bring him in during the summer.
You can’t underestimate how important those types of players are to the make-up of a team who wants to win because a winning mentality isn’t something you can teach overnight, but who better to learn from than Schweinsteiger on the pitch?