Germany coach Joachim Low has assured Bastian Schweinsteiger that he remains “undisputedly captain” despite Louis van Gaal’s criticism of him at Manchester United.
Van Gaal was critical of Schweinsteiger for the second time in only a few days on Tuesday night after substituting the midfielder during United’s defeat at Wolfsburg which cost them a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
“I have changed him and I don’t change players for nothing,” Van Gaal said of the substitution.
“Then I think I can do it with other players better.
“We are all human beings and also Bastian is a human being, and he wants to play at the highest level and certainly in Germany to show his qualities.
“I cannot say that he was the Schweinsteiger from my period in Munich in this game.”
Low, however, has no concerns about Schweinsteiger’s form and still believes the 31-year-old will prove to be a major success at Old Trafford.
“We at the German Football Association know what we are getting with Bastian,” Low told the Bild newspaper.
“He’s still a world-class player and undisputedly our captain.
“You’ve got to give even an experienced player like him time to adapt to a new league.
“I am sure that Manchester United are still going to get a lot of joy out of Schweinsteiger.”
Low’s comments come after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also defended Schweinsteiger in the wake of Van Gaal’s weekend criticism of the player.
“I’m a bit disappointed with Louis, he should leave Bastian alone,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild. “He was the one who definitely wanted to sign him.
“Bastian needs a bit of time. You can’t just give a verdict on him already. Louis is not known for being the hugely sympathetic type.”