Schweinsteiger has not featured since the club’s FA Cup victory over Sheffield United in January due to injury.
Van Gaal suggested in December the 31-year-old has not been at the level he showed in Bayern Munich and that he could have performed better in each game he’s played but Bierhoff feels van Gaal was wrong to publicly criticise the midfielder.
He said: “Every player needs the backing of the coach, the same goes for Bastian. Generally, I find it unfortunate if a coach publicly criticises a player so hard.”
I think van Gaal has every right to criticise any player he wants to. As Man United’s coach, it’s his job to treat his players how he wishes so I’m not sure Bierhoff’s point is relevant.
Some players – take Wayne Rooney for example – respond best to adversity when they are dropped or criticised because they want to prove themselves. Not every player needs to have a blanket and a pillow put over them and I doubt World Cup winner Schweinsteiger will lose any sleep over some fair criticism from van Gaal.
Schweinsteiger knows he hasn’t been as important as he’d wanted so far at United but there’s still time and we are definitely missing his calming influence at the moment, so his return will definitely be welcomed.