Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (November 28) that Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is not a great player.
“He is not a great player,” said Merson about Schweinsteiger. “(Franz) Beckenbauer is a great player, Johan (Cruyff) is a great player, he is a top-drawer player, but he is not a great player.
“In 30 years’ time, we won’t be talking about Schweinsteiger, we will be taking about Cruyff, Platini, Beckenbauer, people like that.”
Schweinsteiger, who joined United from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window, has not been at his best so far this season.
The 31-year-old midfielder has scored one goal and created six chances in 14 Premier League appearances so far this season.
The 2014 World Cup winner has a pass accuracy of 85% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and has won 10 headers, 11 dribbles and 19 tackles.
In five Champions League games for the Red Devils this campaign, Schweinsteiger has a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and has won eight headers, six dribbles and five tackles.
While the stats are against Schweinsteiger, there can be no denial that at his prime he was one of the best midfielders in the world, perhaps even the best ‘all-round’ midfielder.
During his time at Bayern, the German star won the Bundesliga title eight times and the Champions League once.
Schweinsteiger was a force in midfield, but injuries in recent years appear to have affected his game.