Ozil Defends United Recruit Schweinsteiger

The Arsenal midfielder insists the Germany captain will be a success after joining Manchester United this summer from Bayern Munich, and needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil believes Germany team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger is being unfairly judged following his move to Manchester United.

Debate has raged as to whether Schweinsteiger’s 31-year-old body can cope with the demands of the Premier League after leaving boyhood club Bayern Munich for United in July, with the midfielder yet to complete a full match as an Old Trafford player.

Schweinsteiger produced a classy second-half cameo as Louis van Gaal’s men beat Club Brugge 4-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the Champions League group stages, and Ozil is in no doubt that the Germany captain will silence his critics over the course of the season.

“The drastic interim judgment in [the] English press is not fair towards him,” Ozil told Germany’s Sport 1.

“He certainly needs some time to adjust to Premier League. Just allow him a bit of time.

“Basti has shown the whole world at the World Cup what a leader he is, most of all in the final.

“Whenever the English media writes about Bastian, they put a World Cup winner before his name.

“He’s now the German world champion, who should make the difference for United.”