Manchester United fans were delighted when the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger was announced back in July, and while most knew that at 31 years of age his best playing form was behind him, the vast majority were excited to welcome a player of his experience and quality to the club.
If you were to ask Manchester United fans what they have thought of Schweinsteiger's first few months at Old Trafford, the reaction would be positive, as after easing his way into action with a calming influence from the bench in early fixtures, the Germany captain was named the club's player of the month for November.
One person who has not been too impressed with Schweinsteiger's form is Louis Van Gaal, who revealed that he wants to see more from the player he once managed at Bayern while speaking after United's 0-0 draw at home to West Ham:
It’s not just because of his football abilities that we bought him. Until now we haven’t seen the best of Schweinsteiger, the player I saw at Bayern Munich.
I believe that in every match we have played he could have played better.
When asked to explain why he has been unimpressed with the midfielder, he declined to go into detail, and perhaps aimed a sly jibe at the likes of Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand in the process:
I think I have to discuss with Bastian Schweinsteiger and not with you. Otherwise we have a tactical article about Bastian and then the reaction of the legends to that article so I don’t think that is wise.
But I know he can be better.
You've got to give it to him, that was well played.
Still, it is surprising to hear those comments on Schweinsteiger, but Van Gaal will know him better than most and is surely trying to get a reaction on the pitch from an experienced pro.