Louis van Gaal confirms Schweinsteiger is not fit for Spurs clash

Louis van Gaal confirms Schweinsteiger is not fit for Spurs clash

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.

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.

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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.

Bastian Schweinsteiger had an 88% pass accuracy in the league last season for Bayern Munich.