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Sunday 4 December 2016

Bastian Schweinsteiger intends to be at Manchester United for the long haul

Bastian Schweinsteiger, pictured, has urged fans to be patient and have faith in Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's methods
Bastian Schweinsteiger, pictured, has urged fans to be patient and have faith in Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's methods

Bastian Schweinsteiger has outlined his plans for Manchester United - insisting he intends to be at the club for 'many seasons' to come.

The 31-year-old German international left Bayern Munich for Old Trafford in the summer and believes Louis van Gaal is building a side capable of challenging for major honours.

Schweinsteiger signed a three-year deal at United and has made it clear he intends to be part of that success in the long term.

"I hope there are many more seasons to come with United," he said. "I feel very good at the moment. We have experience in our team and we have young players with quality in the team, so if we all do our job well in the group then I think we can achieve a lot.

"I want to win titles and I think Manchester United is also used to winning titles, so that is definitely my goal.

"But for those type of moments, we will all have to work very hard together and always try to improve ourselves."

Schweinsteiger has already become a vocal member of United's dressing room, since swapping the Bundesliga for the Premier League. He has also become a popular figure among supporters.

Meanwhile, United's players reported back to training today with Van Gaal facing up to the prospect of Anthony Martial missing tomorrow's clash with Watford.

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The French striker sustained a foot injury in his country's 2-0 defeat to England on Tuesday and left Wembley on crutches.

He is being assessed by United's doctors, but Van Gaal could be forced to shuffle his attack.

That could mean Marouane Fellaini being handed a rare start at Vicarage Road or Memphis Depay starting his first Premier League game since the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last month. Both were among United's players returning to Carrington following the international break.

United captain Wayne Rooney hopes Martial's injury is not as serious as it looked.

Martial has scored five goals for United since his £36million move from Monaco and, with strikers in short supply at Old Trafford, Van Gaal cannot afford to lose the Frenchman for too long.

For that reason, Rooney hopes his team-mate will be back in action soon, if not in time for Saturday's trip to Watford. "From a personal point of view, and from Manchester United's point of view, I hope he is okay," Rooney said.

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