The German world cup winner joined Man United from Bayern Munich at the start of the season in a a £6.5m deal.
Schweinsteiger has not featured since the FA Cup win over Sheffield United in January due to injury and the Dutchman revealed he had to convince the board that he was worth the investment.
However, Van Gaal believes he’ll be able to recapture his form and shouldn’t be written off just yet.
“Bastian has been unlucky because he picked up an injury at a time that he was playing very well – he was improving,” van Gaal said.
“However, during December I said that I expect more and he was very disappointed I said that, but I think I can say that because my expectation is higher.”
In spite of this admission, the United boss tipped the World Cup-winner to meet that expectation and return to the form that enabled him to become one of the world’s most revered midfielders during his time at Bayern Munich.
He added: “Manchester United has bought him even though he is now 31, so I had to convince the board to buy him, because he’s a very good player and he always gives a team more balance.
“He played very well at Wolfsburg and then began to reach the level he showed at Munich – I think he can [get back to it].”
It’s interesting to hear van Gaal admit he had to convince the board to sign Schweinsteiger. At this time, it hasn’t worked out as well as we’d all hoped but I’m a big fan of Bastian’s and have been for years now.
I’m sure that in the right team and used in the right way, Schweinsteiger can have an impact but unfortunately for him United have gone to pot this season and his fitness hasn’t exactly helped the situation either.
Let’s see how he gets on when he returns from injury this time around.