31-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has come under a lot of criticism at Manchester United and he recently spoke out against his critics.
Schweinsteiger has come under a lot of fire for his performances since moving to Manchester United from Bayern Munich, and he has responded by saying that he honestly thinks his performances have been good, dealing with the accusations that he was getting old and slow in a classy manner .
“Honestly, I am not impressed by the criticism that has been brought up [over] me via the media,” he said to German publication Welt am Sonntag . [via: goal.com]
“‘Old man’s football’ – that is an expression that was used back then, too. (before the 2014 FIFA World Cup) After the World Cup final those voices went silent.”
Schweinsteiger isn’t Usain Bolt
To the critics who say that the German is too slow, Schweinsteiger said, “I will never be able to compete with Usain Bolt”, referring to the world record holding Jamaican sprinter.
“But being slow or being quick on the pitch has not solely something to do with making sprints. It’s also about being quick in your head. And that’s something where I am fully up to it. And physically, I am not the slowest either.
“For me, it is important what I am being told face to face. Every one or two words will be made bigger than they actually are [in the media]. It was a good year for me, but not a perfect year. My performances in Manchester were really okay.”
Schweinsteiger needs to step up
As a senior member of the squad, Schweinsteiger will have to play a huge part in getting Manchester United out of the slump they’re in. Having already been knocked out of the Champions League and finding themselves out of the top 4 after their defeat to Norwich City, the Red Devils need some inspiration during the holiday season to finish their 2015-16 campaign strongly.
The German captain has mentioned his World Cup triumph, and he will definitely have to replicate his performances for the German national side if the Red Devils want to win any silverware this season.