Five things Manchester United fans may not know about Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger

With the Bayern Munich midfielder reportedly closing in on a move to Old Trafford, here are five things United fans may not know about the German.

Bastian Schweinsteiger could soon be swapping the Bundesliga for a move to the Premier League with Manchester United, but how much do you really know about the Bayern Munich and Germany World Cup star?

The BBC are among those to be reporting on the 30-year-old's imminent Old Trafford move, with Schweinsteiger also sitting out of the Bavarians' team photo for the upcoming season.

So before Schweini arrives, we thought it best to reveal some of the more surprising facts behind one of Germany's biggest and best midfield stars.

He's part of a celebrity couple to rival Posh and Becks

Schweinsteiger was spotted at Wimbledon this year and with good reason: he's currently dating Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic, who is best known for winning the 2008 French Open as well as reaching the final of the Australian Open and a semi-final at SW19.

He nearly forged a career as a different kind of sportsman

Though a talented footballer from an early age, Schweinsteiger juggled his interest in soccer with a sideline as a ski racer in Germany. Despite excelling in both sports, he ultimately opted to pursue a career with Bayern Munich and the rest, as they say, is history.

He's got an older, less successful, footballer brother

Like Kaka with Digao, Schweinsteiger has a less successful sibling. Tobias Schweinsteiger is three years older than Bastian and has enjoyed a nomadic career in the lower reaches of the German domestic game. Played for Bayern Munich II from 2012-15 as a midfielder/forward.

He's got a cool nickname on the pitch

Players have a habit for picking up nicknames based on their style of play or a particular facet of their ability. From Psycho to the Guv'nor, these names have proven popular over the years and Bastian Schweinsteiger's moniker as the Midfield Motor could yet catch on.

He's got a Manchester United legend's seal of approval

Schweinsteiger was singled out for praise by many pundits during Germany's World Cup success in Brazil, but arguably the most significant comment came from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, who was quoted in his column for the Independent as saying:

"If I was to pick my standout it would have to be, in a World Cup year, a World Cup winner. Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger were all excellent, but if I had to pick one as my player of the year it would be Schweinsteiger."

 

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