Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to face Tottenham Hotspur in the season’s opening game on Saturday, with his match fitness an issue.
“Schweinsteiger also came at the last moment so I don’t think he’s fit enough,” van Gaal tells reporters. “We have to build his fitness.”
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The Red Devils have a healthy squad for their season opener against Mauricio Pochettino’s men this Saturday, but Van Gaal has confirmed that Schweinsteiger is still struggling with match fitness.
It was thought that Schweinsteiger, who is earning £275,000-a-week at Old Trafford as per the Star, would line up alongside Morgan Schneiderlin in the heart of their midfield, but it looks as though it could be the latter and Michael Carrick who sit deep in the 12:45 kick-off.
Manchester United lost their opening game of the 2014/15 season at home to Swansea City and will be hoping they can avoid a repeat of that sort of performance this time around.
Schweinsteiger’s potential absence from the game on Saturday is a surprise considering he played in a number of games during the club’s tour of the USA.
However, there were fans who complained of the Germany captain’s weight problems and it seems he is still some way behind his team-mates in the fitness department.