German footballing hero Lothar Matthaus has urged Bastian Schweinsteiger to make a somewhat surprise move from Bayern Munich to Manchester United this summer.
The eight-time Bundesliga champion – and one-time Champions League winner – has reportedly emerged as a target for the Red Devils of late, with Louis van Gaal stepping up his summer transfer plans.
The Dutchman coached Schweinsteiger during his spell at the helm of the Bavarian giants, and the pair enjoyed success together in the German game.
The 30-year-old could be a worthy challenger for midfielder Michael Carrick, who at 33 is now at the back end of his career and has struggled with injury set-backs.
And Matthaus – who won 150 caps for Germany in his playing days and spent two separate spells with Bayern – thinks that his compatriot should give a move to join United and work under LVG “serious consideration”:
“Schweinsteiger needs a coach that will play him according to his strengths and Van Gaal will surely do that,” he is quoted by Metro.
“If there’s an offer from Manchester, Bastian should give it serious consideration.
“He’s never been the fastest player in the world and, as he turns 31 soon, that will not improve but he is certainly intelligent enough and has the necessary vision to be the central link between defence and offensive midfield.”