Former Manchester United player Markus Neumayr believes the signing of his fellow German Bastian Schweinsteiger will help the club to create ‘something special’ in the next few years.
Markus reveals that Schweinsteiger’s transfer to United has been greeted with some surprise on the continent because the 30 year-old midfielder is a legend in German football. “It is a surprise but exceptional news for English football. United will get a top player who has basically influenced German football more than anyone else ever has,” Neumayr exclusively told RetroUnited.com.
“Schweinsteiger is one the best players that Germany has produced in the last 30 to 40 years and by winning the World Cup in 2014 he made himself immortal in the history of German football.”
Schweinsteiger will become the first player from his homeland to play for the United first team but Markus almost beat him to that record, captaining the reserves during his time at the club and just missing out on that elusive first team appearance.
On how popular United are in Germany he says: “United are still seen as one of the big global players in European football even though they didn’t play in the Champions League last season.”
Markus is also confident that his countryman will have no problem adapting to the game in England: “I think he will adapt very quickly because he is a very intelligent player. Moreover I think he can help United to create something special in the middle of the park in the coming years.”
Neumayr now plays for FC Vaduz in the Swiss Super League and his team’s preparations for the coming league campaign are well underway: “We are doing very well, we’ve already made it through the first qualifying round of the Europa League against a team from San Marino who we beat 10-1 on aggregate. Next we face a team from Estonia in the second round on Thursday. Then on Sunday we will start our league season against the Swiss Champions FC Basel.”