Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is not happy with criticism he has received since his move to the Premier League.
The 31-year-old, who was subbed against Wolfsburg recently and subsequently criticised by Louis van Gaal, has been mocked for his lack of pace, but he says there is far more to his game and claims “it’s also about being quick in your head”.
“I am not impressed by the criticism that has been brought up over me via the media,” he told German publication Welt am Sonntag.
“I am currently playing on a level that is comparable to that during the World Cup in 2014.
“‘Old man’s football’ – that is an expression that was used back then, too. After the World Cup final those voices went silent.”
Schweinsteiger, who has played 24 times, scoring once since his summer move from Bayern Munich, missed Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Norwich because of suspension, and has admitted he is conscious that he isn’t the fastest player in the Premier League.
“I will never be able to compete with Usain Bolt. But being slow or being quick on the pitch has not solely something to do with making sprints,” added the Germany World Cup winner.
“It’s also about being quick in your head. And that’s something where I am fully up to it. And physically, I am not the slowest either.
“For me, it is important what I am being told face to face. Every one or two words will be made bigger than they actually are. It was a good year for me, but not a perfect year. My performances in Manchester were really okay.”