According to the Times, Louis van Gaal is willing to make Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger a permanent fixture in his Manchester United starting eleven should he sign this summer.
The report states that Van Gaal will be happy to make Schweinsteiger an integral part of his side should he leave Germany for England this summer, which could be the key behind winning his signature.
Any decision to automatically make the German captain a regular starter in the side could have a knock-on effect on players already in the squad, notably: Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Nick Powell.
How Schweinsteiger’s inclusion would impact Herrera, Carrick and Powell
All three, who are predominantly central midfielders, would feel the presence of Schweinsteiger in the squad as he is a direct threat to their game time and importance to the team.
The inexperienced Powell is likely to be moved out, either on loan or a permanent basis, regardless of Schweinsteiger’s transfer movement. However, the German would all but ensure the former Crewe youngster has no future at Old Trafford if he arrives.
Herrera was in and out of the first team last season and more competition would only mean it would be even harder for him to claim a starting role. If Van Gaal were to put more faith in the Spaniard it would ultimately mean the Schweinsteiger transfer wouldn’t be needed, so it does bring into question just how much faith Van Gaal has in his ability.
Despite the impact on Herrera and Powell, Carrick would be likely to feel the German’s presence more than anyone as he would come in as his direct replacement.
Both players would act as the calm, composed leader in the middle of the park and it is unlikely there would be room for both players in the same starting eleven regardless of which formation Van Gaal favours.
Carrick proved last season just how important he can be to United when fit, but perhaps the Dutchman sees Schweinsteiger as a more attractive proposition.