Bastian Schweinsteiger 'hopes to be 100 per cent fit' soon amid injury concerns around Manchester United midfielder

The World Cup winner made his debut on Saturday

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Bastian Schweinsteiger claims he will be "100 per cent" fit in the next week amid concerns surrounding the fitness of the Manchester United midfielder.

The World Cup winner joined from Bayern Munich over the summer but has struggled with an injury following his arrival. Former coach Pep Guardiola recently claimed that the 31-year-old had not been fully fit for three years, raising concerns about the £14.4m acquisition.

However, Schweinsteiger, who made his debut as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday, has moved to alleviate concerns.

"It’s fine. I had three or four days in America where I had this injury and it was not so good for my rhythm. Now I feel much better and also the game was very important to play 30 minutes. The training sessions are very important for me, too. I’m getting better and I hope I will be 100 per cent fit in the next week," he told Manchester United's official website.

Schweinsteiger played for 30 minutes against Spurs at Old Trafford and received a warm welcome from the home fans.

"It was amazing, really," he told MUTV. "I was surprised and I have to say 'thank you' to all the supporters. It was a great feeling and yes, at the end, we won so it was a good day for us.

"I’d played twice before in the Champions League but this was something new on Saturday. The support is huge; I knew that before I came here and saw it in the USA as we had a lot of supporters there too. It was great and a special day for me on Saturday."

Manchester United are next in action on Friday, when they play Aston Villa.

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