Last December, Louis van Gaal claimed that Manchester United hadn’t seen the best of Bastian Schweinsteiger yet, the player he had coached at Bayern Munich.

The German midfielder hasn’t featured since our FA Cup win over Sheffield United, but Van Gaal expects to see Schweinsteiger at his best when he returns.

Bastian has been unlucky because he picked up an injury at a time that he was playing very well – he was improving. However, during December I said that I expect more and he was very disappointed I said that, but I think I can say that because my expectation is higher.

Manchester United has bought him even though he is now 31, so I had to convince the board to buy him, because he’s a very good player and he always gives a team more balance. He played very well at Wolfsburg and then began to reach the level he showed at Munich – I think he can [get back to it].