Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Moyes Wasting Time Chasing Schweinsteiger
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Steven Gerrard loves Liverpool. Ryan Giggs loves Manchester United. Bastian Schweinsteiger loves Bayern Munich. These three things are indisputable, yet for some reason David Moyes is wasting time attempting to lure the Bayern midfielder to Old Trafford, according to reports from FoxSoccer.
It's not been the best offseason for United's new manager. Wayne Rooney is allegedly looking for a move to Chelsea, his pursuit of Cesc Fabregas has hit a dead end and the fans' expectation for a big-name signing has already seen the Red Devils linked with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be easy, but going after Schweinsteiger is not the answer.
Admittedly, he could offer a solution to the dilemma Moyes faces within the United midfield, but the pursuit is fruitless to begin with.
Firstly, why would Schweinsteiger leave Bayern, a club he loves more than any other? Secondly, why would he leave the club he loves that has just won the treble, has one of the best managers in the world and is probably the best team in world football?
If he's not biting off the hand of whomever is attempting to lead him away from the Allianz, you can understand why.
How likely is it that United sign Schweinsteiger?
Can United offer him astronomical wages and tempt him away? Possibly, but there's no real substitute for team success. Winning the Champions League is often the reasoning behind a high-profile move, and Schweinsteiger did that last season.
There's simply no reason for him to move away from his home country and a team where he is adored, unless he's always had a burning desire to either play in the Premier League, or just prove himself in another country.
Some players thrive on that challenge, so it wouldn't be the first time one wanted to test himself by taking a step into the unknown. However, the midfielder has never shown any desire to do that, either in his club history or comments through the media.
Maybe you could argue that age would be a factor in a potential move, as Schweinsteiger turned 29 recently. One last big-money contract in a foreign land to cement his reputation as one of the best in the world. He could do this and not many would blame him. However, mifielders of his ilk—smart, technical, sitting deep—often play well into their thirties and Schweinsteiger isn't about to have his body fail him.
Also, it's not as if he'd be moving to China, safe in the knowledge he will be superior to everyone else. The Premier League is among the most highly competitive and most-watched in the world, and failure there can harm a players reputation. There are no guarantees. Andriy Shevchenko was a wonderful player, but a lot of EPL fans remember him more for his failure to contribute at Chelsea than his heroics at AC Milan.
Schweinsteiger doesn't need any of this, and it's mystifying as to why Moyes would assume he can persuade him to join United. Under Ferguson, United were universally respected and the presence of Ferguson would alone be enough to bring new players in.
While the club still retains its massive respect from the footballing world, Moyes himself is yet to prove anything at Old Trafford. He showed he was a really good manager at Everton and the recommendation from Ferguson goes a long way toward letting the rest of the world know.
However, his ragged chase of Schweinsteiger will come to nothing and further feed the unrest of fans looking for a marquee signing.
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