Could Schweinsteiger emulate Roy Keane at Manchester United?

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Manchester United are heavily linked with a move for Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger who could be just the man to emulate a United legend at Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder is reportedly considered surplus to requirement at the Allianz Arena under manager Pep Guardiola. The central midfielder has been a stalwart for the Bavarians since he burst on the scene in the Bundesliga in 2004/05 at just 20 years of age.

The 6ft German has over 100 caps for his country whom he will be representing at the World Cup in Brazil amidst rumours he could be headed for a move to the Premier League to join his former manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has made 473 appearances to date for Bayern Munich and scored 63 goals in his position as a dominant and assertive central midfielder. He is the lynchpin in the heart of the Bavarians’ team with a defensive midfielder behind him and an attacking trio ahead of him in attacking midfield and on the flanks.

He has an immense 89.8% pass completion rate from last season and operates as a supportive presence when Bayern are in possession and a protective and tactical presence when the Bavarians lose the ball – he is the archetypal Louis van Gaal No.6 but how would he compare to a Manchester United No.16, former captain and leader Roy Keane?

The Irishman occupied much the same role and status at Old Trafford over his 12 years under Sir Alex Ferguson as Schweinsteiger has for Bayern Munich across his 12 years in the first team at the Allianz Arena.

In that same time frame, Keane made a very similar number of appearances and scored a similar number of goals (slightly less), 51 goals across 480 appearances for Manchester United. Keane arrived at Old Trafford in 1993 at the age of 22 and left in 2005 at the age of 34 – Bastian Schweinsteiger could very well be the signing to genuinely replace the Roy Keane in his peak under Ferguson, around the 1999/2000 season when he was named FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year, incidentally aged 29, as Schweinsteiger is now.

Louis van Gaal could re-invent the United of the treble-winning era by bringing Bastian Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford – instead of Keane, Scholes, Giggs and Beckham in Ferguson’s traditional 4-4-2, van Gaal could combine Schweinsteiger, Mata, and Rooney in the heart of a 4-3-3 that could dominate and devastate the Premier League for the next five years.

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