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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Bastian urges fan patience with LVG

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is convinced manager Louis van Gaal will bring success to the club and urged fans to show patience.

Supporters have begun to show dissent at the style of play the Dutchman has brought in at Old Trafford, and chants of "attack, attack, attack" were in evidence during Saturday's 2-0 win over West Brom.

Despite fans' concerns United are fourth in the Premier League, just two behind leaders and near-neighbours City, and Schweinsteiger (pictured)urged them to have faith in Van Gaal's methods.

"I recognise similarities between Louis van Gaal here and at Bayern Munich," he said. "In Munich if you remember it took a while before the team understood exactly how he wants to play football, but in the end we won the Bundesliga title and made it to the Champions League final.

"It is not about October or November, it is about May.

"I remember the fans were unsure about him early on at Bayern but in the end we did the double and so the fans in Munich loved him.

"I am sure Louis will bring success to United. I am convinced about that but we have to do our work and we have to improve.

"I am convinced it will happen."

While Schweinsteiger understands supporters' frustrations, he insists the Premier League is so competitive it is not always easy to roll over teams. He does accept, however, the team have to do more at home.

"I think especially in home matches we have to press and go forward," he said.

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