Schweinsteiger: Manchester is not as bad as everyone thinks

Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is relishing life at Manchester United and insists that “Manchester is not as bad as everybody thinks.”

The 31-year-old midfielder moved to Old Trafford in July, bringing an end to a trophy-laden 17-year stay at Bayern Munich.

Scweinsteiger has endured a low-key start at United – who have taken seven points from a possible 12 in their opening four games – but he is enjoying the challenge of adapting to the frantic pace of the Premier League.

“Of course everything is new to me. But it is a lot of fun,” said Schweinsteiger on Tuesday while away on international duty with Germany.

“The club is huge. Sadly we gave away a few points in the last two games [a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United and Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea City]. Otherwise we would be in a better position right now.

“So again it is a lot of fun and it is something really great to be there. We believe that the city is not that beautiful but I can say that the people are really nice and respectful. The city is nice as well.”

Schweinsteiger has been reunited with former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal since joining United, and he has praised the Dutchman.

“Yes he is still the same Louis van Gaal that we all know,” he added.

“He is very ambitious and he wants to win every game. He is a good guy and knows how to treat the team correctly.