Bastian Schweinsteiger has been criticized by van Gaal this season for his poor form, but national team coach Joachim Low has defended him saying that
he is a world class talent.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder was taken back in the second half in United’s 3-2 Champions league defeat to Wolfsburg.
The midfielder was clearly out-beaten by the pace of Julian Draxler, leading to the second goal of the Wolfsburg.
Bastian was struggling to make his presence felt on the field, but his poor form was the cause for van Gaal lashing him.
Van Gaal was unhappy with his performance in the 0-0 draw against West Ham and said,
“We have not seen the best of Schweinsteiger – the player I saw at Bayern Munich”.
Low, on the other hand, has defended him saying that time must be given for him to adjust to life in England and also confirmed that his position as national team captain is not under scrutiny.
“We know what we have in Bastian. He is still a world-class player and undisputed as our captain,”
“Even an experienced player like him needs time to get used to a new league. I’m sure Bastian Schweinsteiger will still have a lot of fun at Manchester United,” said Low.
Even Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hit back at van Gaal for lashing Bastian.
He told that van Gaal needed to be more sympathetic and display more man-management skills since Bastian is still adjusting to the new environment in England.
“Bastian needs a bit of time. You can’t already judge him,” he told reporters. “I am a bit disappointed with Louis, he should leave Bastian alone.
He wanted to sign him by all means.
“Louis is not known as a Sympathikus [a pleasant person].”
With Man U’s loss to Wolfsburg in the champions league, it has to be seen how van Gaal marshals his resources to do well in the premier league.