Louis van Gaal criticises “BAD” Bastian Schweinsteiger after midfielder’s performance in friendly

Bastian Schweinsteiger may have won almost everything during his illustrious career, but that has not stopped Louis van Gaal singling him out for criticism following Manchester United’s friendly win against San Jose Earthquakes.

The Red Devils had been 2-1 up at the break – the second goal coming from fellow new signing Memphis Depay – when van Gaal made several changes heading into the second-half, including the introduction of the former Bayern Munich midfielder.

And while United would win the match 3-1, the German had clearly not done enough to impress his manager, BBC Sport report.

“I think the first match he played very well. Today he played bad,” he explained.

The criticism is unlikely however, to dampen the confidence that both van Gaal and the supporters have that the 30-year-old will be able to inspire them back to previous glory.

The World Cup winner has earned a reputation as one of the best holding midfielders in the world. While he may be heading into the latter stages of his career, and may therefore enjoy just a couple more seasons at his very best, his presence may also help Morgan Schneiderlin become the kind of player that can enjoy a similar amount of success.

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