Louis van Gaal has claimed that the reason why he brought Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United was so he could have an influence over the younger players.

He was my former captain with Philipp Lahm at Bayern Munich so I think that he is also very worthwhile off the pitch. You can see it already now because he is already accepted as a leading player, and that is why also we have bought him from Bayern Munich. I believe in the mixture between youth and older players. He is an example for the younger players to follow so I am very happy with him.

We have made progression in the maturity of the team, the balance of the team and that’s also why Bastian Schweinsteiger is here. Morgan Schneiderlin also gives more composure to the team. That is what we have improved when we compare with the team of last year. We still have to improve to win the Premier League and the Champions League, but we are improving every week.