Bayern Munich icon Bastian Schweinsteiger continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal seems determined to inject some grit and experience into United’s midfield.
The middle of United’s team suffered at times last season and Schweinsteiger’s name did pop up in connection with the club during the David Moyes era.
However, the Daily Mail has suggested there are two main reasons Moyes never aggressively pursued a deal in the way that van Gaal now seems determined to ensure the German becomes a United player.
“Schweinsteiger, whose name cropped up during David Moyes' tenure at United, is also interested in a new challenge - The old regime had concerns about his fitness and value for money,” reports the Mail.
The fitness concerns are a legitimate worry because he’s approaching the ripe old age of 30-years-old and fitness problems don’t decrease as players get older.
However, Schweinsteiger had several fitness concerns last season with Bayern Munich but the player appeared to work well alongside manager Pep Guardiola to ensure that they were managed and doctored effectively.
The concerns over value for money are a little confusing to understand.
Bear in mind, Moyes was one of the main players in a new contract for striker Wayne Rooney worth a staggering £300,000 per week.
By the time Rooney’s deal expires, he himself will be into his 30s meaning United are going to be paying over a quarter of a million pounds per week to a player who is likely to play less as he gets older.
There can be little doubt that United need a breath of fresh air in a midfield which was outplayed, outthought and outmuscled at times last season.
Schweinsteiger brings experience and guaranteed quality to the table, along with the ability to create and score which is proved through his four goals and five assists in the Bundesliga last season.
The concerns the Moyes regime reportedly had in relation to him just don’t add up.