Schweinsteiger hails De Gea, United’s belief


Bastian Schweinsteiger will try and claim Manchester United’s late winner at Watford on Saturday, but the German international is delighted with the result regardless of who gets the plaudits.

[ RECAP: Watford 1-2 United ]

Schweinsteiger, 31, played a pivotal part in United’s winning goal — which would be his first for United if he is awarded it — as the German national team captain popped up at the back post in stoppage time to cut the ball back towards goal as Watford captain Troy Deeney knocked the ball into his own net to hand United all three points.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Schweinsteiger praised the “belief” of his teammates and also reserved a special word for David De Gea who pulled off two good stops in the second half.

“In football you always have 90-93 minutes. You always have to believe,” Schweinsteiger said. “There was a bit of luck but we are happy to get the three points. You have to sniff a little bit of danger, the angle was not so easy but of course he touched the ball. The three points was very important for us. Next match we play Leicester, difficult, but if we win that too then we are happy in the Premier League. David De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. We are happy that he stayed here, he made a lot of good saves and you need a good goalkeeper when you want to win something.”

For most of the game, United looked comfortable and were worthy of their 1-0 lead heading into the 86th minute despite Watford improving in the final 30 minutes.

As Schweinsteiger mentioned, that belief is key and when United look back on this game at the end of the season, two points gained in stoppage time could be crucial.

A battling display for the Red Devils who were missing Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini and Antonio Valencia among others for the trip to Hertfordshire — plus had Ander Herrera limp off with an injured hamstring in the first half — but dug deep to momentarily go top of the Premier League before Arsenal and Manchester City played later in Week 13.