Schweinsteiger partially tore ligaments in his knee while training with Germany last week and there are fears that his season is over.
However, a number of his Germany teammates have backed Schweinsteiger to recover in time for the European Championships this summer. McNair admitted his absence will be a loss for Man United.
“It’s a massive blow. He’s a big character around the dressing room and he’s Germany’s captain. I’m not sure how serious the injury is, but hopefully he’ll be fit to play in the Euros,” McNair told Sky Sports News.
“I speak to Bastian a lot and sit beside him in the changing room. He gives me tips and he’s a World Cup winner so it’s a joy to train and play with him.”
Schweinsteiger has a wealth of experience at the highest level and his knowhow could have made the difference in United’s fight to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
However, United knew they were taking a gamble in signing Schweinsteiger in the summer in terms of his fitness and that has proven to be the case. The likes of Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will have to step up in the veteran’s absence.