Bastian Schweinsteiger - Man Utd can be champions
Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Manchester United should set their sights on being crowned as Premier League champions this season.
World Cup winner Schweinsteiger has backed boss Louis van Gaal to put United back in the frame to win the biggest prize in English soccer, as he believes the club he joined from Bayern Munich last month is ready to start winning trophies once again.
"First of all, I think it is not easy to win a title in the Premier League, as you have really good teams here," he told Sky Sports.
"But if everyone works hard together, and believes in each other, I think there is a chance to win the title.
"It is not easy, I know that, the rest of the team and coach knows that. We know what we can do and bring on the pitch, so we have to be convinced about ourselves, and I think we are, but we have to work a lot.
"The year before last, Manchester United were seventh and then last year they were fourth. And after the first 10 matches, I remember United had 13 points, but from that day on they played a really good season.
"So I think we have the chance to come closer and I see the possibilities here and with such a big club and its supporters, you can achieve something here this season. I am also looking forward to challenging myself, but I especially want to win titles."
The 31-year-old midfielder, who made his Premier League debut in last weekend's game against Tottenham at Old Trafford, confirmed he always has a desire to play in England and his club of choice was always United.
"I was looking forward my whole to play somewhere else to get the experience and if I thought about moving to England, I always had Manchester United in my head," he said.
"I am looking forward to this challenge in my life. I won everything in Munich and had an unbelievable time there, we had big success, won the Treble, and also with the national team we won the World Cup, and now I was ready for a change.
"In 2010, I also had the possibility to change to another club, but I was not ready as I wanted to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich first.
"Now I had a feeling that I deserve it, to see something different, and so in the end I have to say that the timing was perfect! And also to play for Manchester United is a really big honour."
Schweinsteiger went on to talk up Van Gaal's influence on his career, as he offered this glowing tribute to the coach he worked with at Bayern Munich between 2009 and 2011.
"He was very important as he when he came to Bayern Munich, he saw from our previous five matches - when Jupp Heynckes was coach - that I played in central midfield," he continued.
"So he liked it and he let me play in that position at No 6, 8 and sometimes 10. So it was very important that he trusted me in that situation and from then on, I played in that position and I think I had some nice matches."