When Louis van Gaal was in charge, Manchester United really had brought in a mixed bag of players in the transfer market. The likes of Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera have done wonderfully well, but there have been other guys who just haven’t performed.
One man who has really struggled to acquit himself on the current squad due to one reason or another is Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German midfielder was one of the best on the planet in his prime, but he just hasn’t been able to get it going here.
Now, one of his former international teammates has been speaking out on the situation of the 32-year-old, and claimed that Schweinsteiger was already past his prime when the Red Devils signed him.
“When the transfer happened, he was already past his prime, due to injuries.” Ballack told Bild, translated by the Daily Star.
“I am not that surprised by this development. The Premier League is a different kind of league, in terms of physical play.”
“He has had a difficult time with the manager but the fans and the club love him.”
You cannot really argue with what Ballack has said, to be honest. Bastian has looked like a player who is rapidly approaching the close of his career, and maybe in hindsight, him coming to the Premier League wasn’t smart.
When I was younger, Schweinsteiger was the one midfielder I always wanted to see in our shirt, and I was absolutely ecstatic when it happened. Now, I wish it didn’t because it’s really tarnished his legacy and it’s a proper shame.
He’s played just four times for Manchester United this campaign, and has barely completed one-hundred minutes of football. That just goes to show how little he has been used.
I guess he has to leave when the summer transfer window opens. He’s at that point in his career where he has to be playing, and right now, it must be killing him as he has to sit and watch on from the bench (if he even makes the squad, that is).