Thursday 29 September 2016

Paul Pogba arrival spells Man United end for Bastian Schweinsteiger

James Ducker

Published 24/07/2016 | 02:30

Schweinsteiger is expected to rejoin United’s squad on Thursday after an extended holiday following the Euros. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
Schweinsteiger is expected to rejoin United’s squad on Thursday after an extended holiday following the Euros. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Paul Pogba's impending arrival at Manchester United is expected to usher Bastian Schweinsteiger towards the exit door with the Germany midfielder already well down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

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But former United midfielder Paul Scholes believes the club would be wasting their money paying Juventus a world record fee for Pogba and said the France midfielder only left Old Trafford four years ago because he was "asking for too much money".

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United hope to formally complete a world record deal for Pogba before the Community Shield against Leicester City in a fortnight that will eclipse the £85.3m Real Madrid paid Spurs for Gareth Bale in 2013 and could make the Frenchman the first £100m (€120m)footballer. But Scholes says United would be better training their sights elsewhere for such a fee.

"For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Ronaldo or Messi," said Scholes. "Pogba is nowhere worth that kind of money yet. He was a very talented young player. I played with him and I knew how good he was.

"He played for the first team maybe once or twice, but from my understanding he was asking for too much money. For his age, he was asking for far too much money, too much for a player who hadn't played first-team football."

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Schweinsteiger is expected to rejoin United's squad on Thursday after an extended holiday following the Euros, but he will find his route to the first team blocked by Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, all of whom new manager Jose Mourinho is believed to favour over the 31-year-old.

Schweinsteiger's prospects of forcing his way into United's first team will worsen further if, as anticipated, Pogba returns to Old Trafford, to leave the German World Cup winner effectively sixth choice in the Red Devils' midfield hierarchy.

Mourinho, who renews his rivalry with Pep Guardiola in Beijing tomorrow when United face Manchester City at the Bird's Nest in a pre-season friendly, is prepared to listen to offers for the player.

However, moving Schweinsteiger on may not be easy given that he has two years left on his £150,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.

United's board took serious persuading by Louis van Gaal, Mourinho's predecessor, to sign Schweinsteiger in a £6.6m deal from Bayern Munich last summer after harbouring worries about his dismal injury record and suitability to the speed and intensity of Premier League football.

Guardiola, then Schweinsteiger's coach at Bayern, admitted he sold the German because he was seldom fit and a senior executive at one high-profile club expressed bewilderment at the time of United's decision to sign the player.

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