Football: Schweinsteiger criticised by van Gaal in game against San Jose Earthquakes

Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) fighting for the ball with Club America's Pablo Cesar Aguilar in Seattle.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) fighting for the ball with Club America's Pablo Cesar Aguilar in Seattle. PHOTO: AFP

SAN JOSÉ, United States (AFP) - Louis van Gaal criticised new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger and his Manchester United team-mates after the Premier League giants eased to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

United recorded a second straight victory on their US tour and never really looked in trouble against their mid-table opponents from the Major League Soccer.

Juan Mata and man-of-the-match Memphis Depay scored first-half goals for United before Brazilian youngster Andreas Pereira added a third in the second half.

But United boss van Gaal was furious at the performance of his team after the break when he made 10 changes, including the introduction of Schweinsteiger.

"The first half I was satisfied - the players have performed what we wanted in the defensive organisation, and they have created a lot of chances, 10, and they scored two goals so I was satisfied," van Gaal said.

"But the second half I thought we played very bad - a lot of ball losses, very unnecessary. The only highlight was the goal from Pereira."

Asked to assess the performance of new signing Schweinsteiger, van Gaal did not mince his words.

"He was also bad," the Dutchman said, warning it would take time for the German World Cup-winner to settle in at United after arriving from Bayern Munich.

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

"Everybody can think it is easy to step in but it is not easy. I thought the first match (Schweinsteiger) played very well and now he played bad but that is also a process."