Man United receive boost as star midfielder nears full fitness

Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that he is close to full fitness following a calf injury he picked up during pre-season, according to reports from the Express.

This will come as a huge boost to Man United after the Germany international was forced to start their season opener against Tottenham Hotspur on the bench, but Schweinsteiger was able to make a cameo appearance after replacing Michael Carrick in the second half.

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And he was extremely pleased to be getting his first taste of Premier League football, and went on to claim that he is nearing 100 percent fitness before their next clash against Aston Villa.

He said on the club’s official website: “It’s fine. I had three or four days in America where I had this injury and it was not so good for my rhythm.

“Now I feel much better and also the game was very important to play 30 minutes.

“The training sessions are very important for me, too. I’m getting better and I hope I will be 100 per cent fit in the next week.”

The 31-year-old arrived from Bayern Munich in a £14million deal last month along with Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton as manager Louis van Gaal aimed to reinforce his midfield options.

Schweinsteiger struggled for regular first-team football at the Allianz Arena last season, making only 20 Bundesliga appearances and scoring five goals.