Schweinsteiger wary of Wolfsburg

Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) is keen to give advice to Manchester United's young strikers Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial on how to deal with Champions League opponents.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) is keen to give advice to Manchester United's young strikers Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial on how to deal with Champions League opponents.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

LONDON • Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned his Manchester United team-mates not to take Wolfsburg lightly, and promised to help Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial reach their potential in the Champions League.

Schweinsteiger is the most experienced Champions League player in United's ranks, with 130 appearances in the competition.

Almost all of those games came with former club Bayern Munich and the midfielder knows one or two things about today's Bundesliga opponents.

"They are really good, especially in the last three or four years when they have made big improvements," he told United Review.

Wolfsburg were runners-up to Schweinsteiger's Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season, and also lifted the German Cup.

PROGRESS AND IMPROVEMENT

We have made progression in the maturity and balance of the team. We have to improve to win the Premier League or Champions League but we are still improving and I can see that every week.

LOUIS VAN GAAL, Manchester United manager

They followed up that success by winning the German Super Cup at Bayern's expense last month.

They won their Champions League opener 1-0 against CSKA Moscow and are looking to take control of Group B.

"We have worked very hard to get here and experience games like this one at Manchester United," said captain Diego Benaglio. "So we want to look really good there and we are certainly not going to England just to look at the stadium."

Depay, 21, and Martial, 19, are still new to Old Trafford following their summer moves from PSV Eindhoven and Monaco respectively.

Schweinsteiger is keen to show them the ropes.

"They are both very young but both very talented.

"If they make the right decisions and take the right steps in the future, then they can give a lot of power to Man United," said the World Cup winner.

"I will try to guide them, of course. I have played a lot of matches at that level and it is always a little bit different to Premier League and Bundesliga games."

United will bank on the great form of Martial as Louis van Gaal's men look to bounce back from their opening 1-2 loss to PSV Eindhoven.

Martial has scored four times this season to help the Red Devils top the Premier League for the first time in two years.

"(Martial) is very direct, he is willing to take on players and he is willing to take on that risk," said United defender Chris Smalling.

"I think, in the final third, it is an area where you can take that risk because you can't take it at the back. He looks a very sharp player."

REUTERS


MANCHESTER UNITED v WOLFSBURG

Singtel TV Ch112, tomorrow, 2.45am

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2015, with the headline 'Schweinsteiger wary of Wolfsburg'. Print Edition | Subscribe