Saturday 25 November 2017

Six things we know about Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger

Winner: Schweinsteiger with the World Cup Photo: GETTY
Winner: Schweinsteiger with the World Cup Photo: GETTY

Tom Edwards

Manchester United have now confirmed one of the signings of the summer in Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger - a man who could make a real difference to their Premier League campaign next season.

Those that follow the Bundesliga will have seen him commanding the midfield for Bayern, but here's a few things you might not know about the German captain.

1. He's actually very versatile

While he's now best known for his imperious central midfield performances, Schweinsteiger started out his career on the left-wing and has even played as a full back. It's unlikely he'll play anywhere other than central midfield for United, but he is adaptible enough to move into other positions if required.

2. His other half is ace

Schweinsteiger's tennis-playing girlfriend Ana Ivanovic is currently ranked No 7 in the world.

Bastian often watches her play, and will be delighted to be able to ditch the Munich to London Easyjet next time Wimbledon comes around in favour of a train down from Manchester - which will only take about seven times as long to get there.

German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger gestures during the match between Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia hits a ball during her match against Yi-Fan Xu of China at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne

3. He's a Roman Catholic

Not much more to say about this one. Someone was obviously looking out for him when the German's took on Brazil in the last World Cup, although much of the Brazilian team are also quite religious, so maybe Jesus just prefers Germany. Or, then again, maybe it's all just made up and Germany won because Brazil were rubbish.

4. He's better than anyone United currently have

This seems like an obvious point, given his stature, reputation and track record, but Schweinsteiger really is that good. Here's a key stat comparison against some of United's current crop - he comes out on top for all of them:


 5. He had all the hallmarks of a one-club legend - until now

Schweinsteiger has spent his entire senior career at Bayern, making 500 appearances (only seven players have made more in the club's history) and scoring 67 goals.

He says he only wants to leave for a "new challenge" at the end of his career - so it's obviously got nothing to do with the estimated £140,000 he'll be taking home every week.

6. He's an absolue legend in Germany

Over here in Blighty, most of us know Schweinsteiger as a fine player - but over in Germany he's a hero. He's their fifth most capped player ever, with 111 appearances to his name, and is their national captain. He also delivered a defensive masterclass in the World Cup final against Argentina.


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