Joachim Low: Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger remains Germany captain despite Louis van Gaal criticism

by Tanveer Arayan

Germany boss Joachim Low has insisted that Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will remain his captain despite criticism this week from Louis van Gaal.

Schweinsteiger received a negative assessment from van Gaal following the 3-2 defeat against Wolfsburg on Tuesday night, which meant Man United were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage.

However, Low believes that Schweinsteiger is “still a world-class player” and that he will make an impact at Old Trafford.

“We at the German Football Association know what we are getting with Bastian,” Low said.

“He’s still a world-class player and undisputedly our captain. You’ve got to give even an experienced player like him time to adapt to a new league. I am sure that Manchester United are still going to get a lot of joy out of Schweinsteiger.”

While Schweinsteiger wasn’t at his best against Wolfsburg, he has generally performed well for United over the course of the campaign. He will, however, miss United’s next three games after accepting an FA charge for violent conduct this week.

United’s early Champions League exit was desperately disappointing but players like Schweinsteiger will be crucial if they are to pick themselves up again and make something of this season. It remains to be seen how he reacts to van Gaal’s criticism once his suspension ends.

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