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Bastian Schweinsteiger Completes Transfer to Manchester United

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured Columnist

Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger watches the ball during the German Soccer Cup round of sixteen match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Braunschweig in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been sold to Manchester United, Bayern Munich chairman Karl Heinz-Ruminegge announced on Saturday:

FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN

#Rummenigge: "Bastian wants to do something new at the end of his career. He asked that we meet his wishes." http://t.co/JoE0EN0MgI

FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN

#Rummenigge: "My colleagues at @ManUtd have been in touch. We've reached an agreement over a transfer." http://t.co/1Ck0gUhEv7

The midfielder found himself slightly lower down the Bayern Munich pecking order last season due to injury and the arrival of Xabi Alonso, making just 21 starts.

Even so, the German managed to score five goals and make eight assists in all competitions.

Schweinsteiger is known for his metronomic passing in midfield, as demonstrated by WhoScored.com:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Only Philipp Lahm has played more accurate passes in the last 6 Bundesliga seasons than Schweinsteiger (9954)

Further, Schweinsteiger's work rate is practically second to none, and he runs tirelessly in midfield to close down opposition players, as illustrated by Squawka Dave:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Schweinsteiger has won 17 tackles in the opponents half during the last 3 seasons in the #UCL. Only Alves (29) and Vidal (19) have won more.

With the midfielder turning 31 on August 1, Bleacher Report's own Bundesliga expert, Clark Whitney, admitted the details of the reported deal are surprising: 

Clark Whitney @Mr_Bundesliga

Bild: Schweinsteiger to MUFC a done deal. €10m wage on 3-yr deal, fee approx €18-20m. Surprising valuation in terms of contract length & fee

However, the Red Devils have plenty of funds to spare, and in Schweinsteiger they acquire a player of huge quality.

The midfielder is as experienced as they come, having dominated central midfield for Bayern Munich and Germany for the last decade.

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Though the likes of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind are all talented players, Schweinsteiger is certainly a cut above quality-wise, and United could still get two or three good years from the German.

Schweinsteiger's arrival adds the genuine touch of class United have lacked in central midfield since Paul Scholes retired.

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