Gary Lineker: Bastian Schweinsteiger’s best years are behind him

by Ben Topliss

Gary Lineker believes that Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger’s best years may be behind him and that he is struggling to adapt to the Premier League.

Schweinsteiger, currently suspended, has featured in almost all of Man United’s games this season but his recent performance against Wolfsburg was criticised by Louis van Gaal.

Lineker insisted that the German hasn’t been helped by van Gaal’s possession-based style of play at Old Trafford.

“He’s not good enough at the moment,” Lineker said.

“United’s way of playing doesn’t suit him. Manchester United play boring, slow football under Louis van Gaal.

“With Schweinsteiger, the emphasis is on ball control too. I would let him play more freely. I’m sure he will improve, but he has a dilemma. He needs time to get used to the English game.

“Schweinsteiger is 31 years old already, so he doesn’t have much time left. The performance levels go down from the age of 30.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Lineker’s criticism is a tad harsh. Schweinsteiger has generally performed well so far this term and he has provided some crucial moments for United against the likes of Watford and Leicester City.

While he hasn’t been up to scratch as of late, the same could be same for many of his teammates. Schweinsteiger is still an incredibly talented player and he will be an important figure for United for many years to come.

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