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.”

Guardiola Warns Manchester United: Schweinsteiger Has Not Been Fit For Two Years

New Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been fit for two years, according to Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

Schweinsteiger, 31, completed a summer move to Old Trafford for around £12 million having spent his whole career with Bayern, but has struggled with injury problems in recent seasons.

The Germany captain made just 15 Bundesliga starts for Bayern last term as Guardiola’s side collected their third consecutive league title, and the Spaniard says his fitness issues are a concern.

“When he does not have injury problems, I am completely convinced he will do very well at Manchester United,” Guardiola told reporters. “He is a top, top player.

“Unfortunately, he has had some problems with injuries in the past two years and he was not always 100 per cent fit. He is going to play really good [at United]. I really hope that is going to happen.”

Schweinsteiger’s move to the Premier League sees him reunite with Louis van Gaal, who coached him at Bayern between 2009 and 2011.

The 31-year-old midfielder led Germany to success in the 2014 World Cup, but struggled for fitness before and after the tournament.

Upon returning from Brazil, Schweinsteiger managed just 20 league appearances in Bayern’s title-winning campaign and missed six of 12 Champions League ties.