Germany forward Andre Schurrle has backed his international team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger to be a hit in the Premier League next season – if Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is patient with him.
Schurrle and Schweinsteiger are currently on duty with the German national team at Euro 2016 and both players came on as substitutes in their 2-0 Group C victory over Ukraine.
The Germany captain suffered from fitness and injury problems for a large part of the Premier League season and came under fire for his slow tempo in some games.
However, Schurrle thinks Manchester United will benefit from Schweinsteiger next season if they remain patient.
“I don’t know what Mourinho’s plans are at Man United but I hope he gives him time because he’s a great player,” said Schurrle. “I think so, I hope so. He’s a great person.
“Mentally, he’s so strong. He knows what to do on the pitch and he’s so calm. We’ve seen it in the training sessions. He’s been one-and-a-half weeks with the team and class is permanent, you know.
“It’s not that easy to come from the Bundesliga into the Premier League. It’s something different and it was not easy for him when he came with the injuries.
“It was a hard year for him. When he’s fit, when he’s the leader he wants to be, he makes every team better.”