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Schweinsteiger excited to work with former Bayern coach van Gaal

New Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger, although new to English football, is well aware of what he's getting into with Louis van Gaal as his manager at the club.

football Updated: Jul 16, 2015 10:41 IST
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, left, listens as Bastian Schweinsteiger talks to reporters after being introduced as a new signing with the club, on July 15, 2015, in Bellevue, Washington. Manchester United is in Seattle for an international friendly soccer match against Mexico's Club America to be played on July 17. (AP Photo)

New Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger, although new to English football, is well aware of what he's getting into with Louis van Gaal as his manager at the club.

Schweinsteiger played nearly two seasons at Bayern Munich with van Gaal as his manager before the Dutchman was fired near the end of the 2011 season.

"We know each other. We had a great time there," Schweinsteiger said on Wednesday. "It was very good for my development. We won titles."

Schweinsteiger spoke two days before he will likely make his Manchester United debut when the club begins a pre-season tour of the United States against Mexico's Club America on Friday night in Seattle.

Schweinsteiger, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and defender Matteo Darmian were all formally introduced by the club on Wednesday, the three main pieces of United's off-season makeover that also included the signing of Dutch winger Memphis Depay and the departure of striker Robin van Persie.

Van Gaal said it was important to have his new additions along with the club for its US tour.

"I'm very happy because in my opinion they are all very good players," van Gaal said. "We can prepare now in the tour all the things I want to implement with the new players."

This journey to England is a new chapter for Schweinsteiger, the current captain of the German national football team. He spent his entire club career with Bayern Munich until signing a three-year deal with United and making the jump from the Bundesliga to the Premier League.

Schweinsteiger has done it all in his career, winning domestic and European club titles, and claiming the World Cup title last summer in Brazil.

So what's left?

"Of course it's a new stage in my life. I want to win titles. That's easy and what I'm used to," Schweinsteiger said. "That's the goal for next year's team."

The 30-year-old scored 45 goals and set up 70 more in 342 league games for Bayern. He joined the club's youth sides from Rosenheim in 1998 and went on to win the Bundesliga a joint-record eight times, matching former club stalwarts Mehmet Scholl and Oliver Kahn.

"It's a good challenge for me," Schweinsteiger said of moving to the Premier League. "I want to give my impact here and make (it) a positive one."

His signing was the highlight of an off-season where United focused on bolstering its midfield. Schneiderlin was brought in after spending seven years at Southampton and watching the club grow from lower division to being a steady Premier League participant.

Schneiderlin was linked to a number of clubs, but he never questioned where he was headed.

"When I learned Manchester United was interested there was no other choice," Schneiderlin said.

Darmian came from Torino in Italy and van Gaal sees him as an upgrade as an outside defender with the ability to push forward into the attack when needed.

There are still questions about United's attack with the Premier League opener against Tottenham less than a month away, especially after the departure of van Persie, who moved to Fenerbache. Van Gaal said he was clear with van Persie at the end of last season that he would be moving on from United and was happy with his decision to join the Turkish club.

"I had already communicated at the end of the season and he knew already what was coming," van Gaal said. "I think he made a very good choice."