Bastian Schweinsteiger has predicted a “special season” for Manchester United under Jose Mourinho but also spoke out in praise of Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho called the Red Devils a “monster club” last October and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is excited by his impending arrival.
“We don’t know who will be our new manager yet, but it looks like it’s going to be an interesting derby in Manchester next season,” the Germany captain said, with Pep Guardiola arriving at the Etihad Stadium.
“The enthusiasm for football in Manchester is great and, if Mourinho does take over at United, I think all of the players want to train under him so it’s going to be quite a special season.”
Schweinsteiger is understandably excited by the future under the self-styled ‘Special One’, but also keen to express his gratitude to Van Gaal.
Brought to Old Trafford by him last summer after working together at Bayern Munich, the 31-year thanked the Dutchman for the impact he has had on his career.
“I think Louis van Gaal and I have a very special relationship,” said Schweinsteiger, speaking at a press conference in Germany’s pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Ascona, Switzerland.
“He moved me into the centre of the midfield at Bayern and I’ve got a lot to thank him for.
“Also, my move to United was because of him. I will never say any bad words about somebody for whom I have so much to thank.
“Quite the opposite. Even if we were not always of the same opinion, we had a good relationship. I admire him as a coach and, despite a difficult season with really much injury misfortune, he still ended it with a good title.
“It’s been two years since United last won a title and I think that was a good ending also for him.”