Bastian Schweinsteiger exclusive: “With a bit more trust, Louis van Gaal would have changed more at Manchester United – the club lost a lot of years because of that”

Louis van Gaal and Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s arrival at Manchester United has signalled the start of big changes at the club – but Bastian Schweinsteiger thinks they lost several years by not placing more trust in former boss Louis van Gaal.

Schweinsteiger joined the club during Van Gaal’s reign at Old Trafford, having previously worked with the Dutchman at Bayern Munich, where he was thoroughly impressed by his methods, on and off the field.

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.