Bastian Schweinsteiger: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hits out at new signing after performance in pre-season friendly

'He was bad,' said Van Gaal

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has criticised his new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger, saying that the German midfielder had a "bad" game against San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night.

United won the match 3-1 thanks to goals from Juan Mata, fellow new signing Memphis Depay and Andreas Pereira.

Schweinsteiger, signed for £15m from Bayern Munich, was introduced from the bench at half-time at the California Memorial Stadim but Van Gaal was unimpressed with all 10 of his half-time substitutions, including the 30-year-old.

"He was also bad. There was one highlight I think and that was Pereira," the Dutchman said.

"Players can play bad and certainly when you have only three days or six days training sessions in your legs and you have to play 45 minutes.

"Everybody can say that it's easy to step in but it is not easy. I think the first match he played very well, and now he played bad. But that is also a process and certainly when you only have one week of training."


"The defensive organisation [was good] and they have created a lot of chances – 10 and they scored two goals, so I was satisfied. It can always be better, but I was satisfied.

"In the second half, I think we played very badly, a lot of ball losses, unnecessary, and the only highlight was the goal from Pereira and I think we don't give many chances away but we give possibilities away.

"It was a threat always and that was not necessary. Our positions in midfield were not so good as in the first half."