Manchester United a 'perfect fit' – Schweinsteiger

The World Cup winning midfielder says a move to Old Trafford was exactly what he needed but admits he owes the Bayern Munich fans a proper goodbye

Manchester United


Bastian Schweinsteiger

has described the Old Trafford club as a “perfect fit” following his move from

Bayern Munich


The Germany midfielder has experienced a mixed start to his Old Trafford career, starting in the disappointing 2-1 Champions League defeat to PSV on Tuesday, but also featuring in the Premier League win over Liverpool on Saturday.

Schweinsteiger, a legend at the Munich club, says he moved to Manchester ahead of the 2015/16 season, seeking a new challenge and a new footballing culture. 

“I felt within myself that I needed to change what I was doing,” the 31-year-old told 

Die Zeit

.  “I needed a new stimuli.

“So the interest from Manchester United was a perfect fit.”    

Born in Bavaria, Schweinsteiger holds a personal affinity with Bayern, and says he still owes the fans a proper farewell.

“I would like to say goodbye properly,” the Germany midfielder continued.

“There was the season’s opening ceremony at the stadium, but I didn’t want to stand there in the Bayern jersey, waving to the fans, then a few hours later say: ‘That was nice, but I’m off to England.’

“Because I have a good relationship with the Bayern fans, that’s why I left it the way I did.” 

However, Schweinsteiger also left to door open to a possible return to Bavaria, whether as a player, coach or fan.

“But perhaps a day will come when I’ll return to the stadium,” he concluded. 

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