David De Gea was left ‘angry’ with Bastian Schweinsteiger after the German said that Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer is on a ‘different level’ … and the World Cup winner acknowledges that progress at Man United it’s ‘taking TOO LONG’
- Bastian Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United from Bayern Munich in 2015
- The German midfielder played alongside David De Gea and Manuel Neuer
- Former Red Devil told Spaniard that Neuer was on a ‘different level’
- He has admitted that he is taking too long to see success with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Former Red Devil Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that he left Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea angry at his comparisons to Manuel Neuer.
The midfielder came to Old Trafford from Bayern Munich in 2015 and went from playing with one international goalkeeper to another, swapping Neuer for De Gea.
And, now Schweinsteiger has revealed that the Spaniard was eager to find out how he compares to the German world champion between the posts.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, former Man United man, revealed that he infuriated David de Gea
“When I first came to Manchester United, De Gea said ‘tell me, am I better than Neuer? “I was like ‘no you’re not. It’s a different level,’ Schweinsteiger told BBC 5Live.
I was angry, but I explained why. Whenever I had a great game he would ask me again, I would still say I was not at that level. ‘
Schweinsteiger spoke about his locker room relationship with De Gea as the goalkeeper prepared to face Liverpool in a league clash on Sunday.
The former Red Devil told the Spaniard that Manuel Neuer (right) was on another level
The former German international only played in one league match between the two fierce rivals when United emerged victorious with a 3-1 win in their first season at Old Trafford.
But Schweinsteiger is not convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can replicate this season’s success.
“It’s the way you play, what is your strategy,” he asked.
“If you have Cristiano Ronaldo and he takes his breaks from defense, but if he scores you goals in the area, that’s what he does and what you need to know,” Schweinsteiger added.
The German international only played one league game between United and Liverpool
“If you have centrals that can’t create quality passes like Leonardo Bonucci or David Alaba. Everything is more or less clear.
‘Manchester United is still in progress. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeps mentioning that. However, in my eyes it takes too long.
“ If you look at Manchester City or Chelsea and the impact Thomas Tuchel had on them, it was incredible.
“He knew exactly what the players had to do and they have a strategy and a DNA. They have more to their game.
‘The experience of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane will definitely help the team, but the question is how much they are involved in the team’s tactics.
The former midfielder thinks progress with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above) is taking too long
“I am still not 100% clear if Manchester United is going to be successful or not. They have big names like Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo, and I think Marcus Rashford will help them a lot in the future because he is injured. It has not been easy for them.
But if you compare their football with that of other teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool or even Bayern Munich, they are not on the same level at the moment. United can always hurt you in a game, that’s clear to me, especially at Old Trafford. ‘
United are sixth in the table heading into Sunday’s action with four wins, two draws and two losses in eight games.
A win for the Red Devils at home is vital, as it could put them in the top four one point behind their Merseyside rivals.
Solskjaer’s team only have one point from their last three games and if they want to stay in the title race they have to find something quickly.