Van Gaal doesn’t believe Schweinsteiger will return this season

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The switch from Munich to Manchester hasn’t done Bastian Schweinsteiger much good this season.

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Since joining Manchester United last summer, Schweinsteiger has featured for Manchester United in 18 Premier League matches, and scoring one goal in that span.

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After missing upward of two months due to a knee injury back in January, the midfielder suffered an MCL tear during training with the German national team last month. Schweinsteiger last featured for United in the side’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City on March 20, however, it is seemingly inevitable that he will miss the rest of the season.

Manager Louis Van Gaal doesn’t appear optimistic about the prospects of the 31-year-old returning this season for the Red Devils, although the Dutchman is hoping that Schweinsteiger can make a return for the German at this summer’s European Championship.

Van Gaal told MUTV:

“I don’t think Schweinsteiger shall play this season – I think, next season, he is prepared.

“Maybe he is prepared for the European Championship, I cannot predict.

“It is possible, but then that is also in our favour because then he is fit for the new competition.”

While United faces competition from West Ham for a position in the PL top five, the team’s focus will largely be on the FA Cup, after disposing of the Hammers in their closely-contested quarterfinal clash.

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