Bastian Schweinsteiger is on his way back to Germany to play his first game for another club in his home country since leaving for Manchester United in the summer.
The 31-year-old midfielder will start for Man United against Wolfsburg in the crucial UEFA Champions League tie on Tuesday night and for a player who spent his entire career in the Bundesliga, it’ll be a night driven with emotion.
United really need Schweinsteiger to lead by example because with Morgan Schneiderlin out due to injury, as well as Ander Herrera, we’re running low on options in midfield and Louis van Gaal will look at Bastian as his midfield general.
— Bastian Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) December 7, 2015
Nobody will know Wolfsburg better than Schweinsteiger seeing as he’s played them countless times at their home ground over the years but that will all count for nothing if United’s other players aren’t up for the game as well.
Shinji Kagawa sunk Wolfsburg with a dramatic late winner at the weekend, so the home side are coming into the game on the back of a frustrating loss which is a good thing but in what is effectively a knock-out match, that is unlikely to have much of an effect on the players who will all be up for it.
Hopefully Schweinsteiger’s first return to Germany with another club can end with three points because if not, van Gaal’s side face an early exit from the UEFA Champions League.