Regular readers of RetroUnited.com will be familiar with our thoughts on Louis van Gaal’s impact since arriving at Manchester United.
The Dutch manager has seemingly made it a mission to repair the faltering image of the club after the year out of the Champions League caused by the previous management and it must be said that he’s doing a fine job.
Having referred to Manchester United as the biggest club in the world, he has gone toe to toe with Real Madrid in the transfer saga of the summer, demanding their most senior and established player in any deal for David De Gea. And he has made an effective splash in the transfer market, acquiring a similarly established player, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The star had previously been seen as one of those unattainable players but United persuaded the captain of the World champions to come to Old Trafford.
There has been no mistaking that the midfielder has been excited about the move and, speaking ahead of United’s first team friendly against Club America, Schweinsteiger has spoke about how highly he regards his new club.
‘I want to win titles and this is what Manchester United is used to and I am the same,’ said Schweinsteiger. ‘I cannot guarantee titles, but I will guarantee that we will do everything to be successful in the season.’
‘I know the club is looking forward to winning titles again and I am the same. Bayern Munich is a big club, but Manchester United are bigger and I can see that. They are the biggest club in the world and I am sure this team has the quality to win titles. When I see what we do in training and the quality we have, I am sure we have the chance to win titles. I am convinced about that and I want to add my quality to United’s game.’
Schweinsteiger revealed that he was presented with the opportunity to sign for United when Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2010, but the determination to win the European Cup with Bayern Munich – who had just been defeated by Inter Milan in the Champions League Final – ran too strong.
‘I had the chance to come to United in 2010,’ Schweinsteiger admits. ‘I thought about what to do because there were opportunities. My goal was always to win the Champions League with my club Bayern Munich, but now I am happy to be here and so is my brother. My brother is a huge Manchester United fan. He is a big Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs fan, but it was always also my dream to be a Manchester United player.’
‘I saw the 1999 Champions League final at home. My brother had the United jersey on and I had Bayern’s. I didn’t cry at the end, but my brother was very happy. I always followed the Premier League and we watched a lot of United games, so this is also a good move for my brother.’
It may be too late to persuade David De Gea to stay but the bold statements being made by the senior figures at Old Trafford both in terms of words and actions will hopefully have the desired effect as the club seeks to make a major impact on the pitch.