‘No surprise’ if top-class World Cup winner joins Man United – Ex-team-mate

Former Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay has claimed that it “wouldn’t surprise” him if Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves his old side to join Manchester United this summer.

The German World Cup winner has recently been aligned with a switch to the Red Devils, amid claims that Louis van Gaal is keen to set up a reunion with his former star.

LVG coached the all-action midfielder during his spell at the helm of the Bavarian giants, and is widely credited as the man who turned him into a bombarding central player after spotting his talent in a wide role.

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Makaay was also involved in Bayern’s set-up with ‘The Commander’, and he says that it would be no shock to see the Allianz Arena idol relocate to Manchester in the coming months:

“He’s an amazing player, a world champion,” he told Goal. “If you saw him at the World Cup final he was bleeding everywhere but he came back on the pitch.

“He and van Gaal had a good relationship so it wouldn’t surprise me [if he joined United]. I hope he stays at Bayern. He’s a kid from the club and he has to stay there. But if he decides to move it wouldn’t be a surprise if he changed to Man United knowing the good relationship he has with the manager.

“When you listen to Van Gaal, there were players he had a good relationship with. Thomas Muller [is one], but he was quite clear and said ‘I’m going to stay at Bayern’ and Schweinsteiger, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Schweinsteiger has enjoyed a glittering career with Bayern, graduating from their youth set-up before winning eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League.