Schweinsteiger predicted Rashford, McTominay and Lingard breakthroughs

Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger predicted three youngsters would eventually breakthrough into the first team, during his time at the club.

The German World Cup winner signed for the Reds from Bayern Munich in July 2015 and went on to make 35 appearances before departing in March 2017.

The classy ball-playing technician played under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho at a time when there were a lot of incomings and outgoings at the club.

It was only two years prior to Schweinsteiger’s arrival at Old Trafford that the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson had retired.

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The departure of the iconic Scot heavily impacted the club and it’s something we are still struggling to recover from.

But during his 20-month stay at the Theatre of Dreams, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard caught Schweinsteiger’s eye as they came through the ranks.

England duo Rashford and Lingard emerged under the tutelage of van Gaal while McTominay came to prominence under Mourinho.

The German was exiled by Mourinho and only made four appearances under the Portuguese, none of which came in the Premier League.

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Speaking to the club’s official website, Schweinsteiger said: “I tell you one thing – when I was with Mourinho and training with the second team and under-16 team with United, I saw a lot of good players.

“One was Scott McTominay, and I thought he will make it for sure, he those abilities. United has a good youth team – you just need to use them and give them the time to develop.

“I remember Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard when Louis van Gaal was coach. You could see they had something now they’re playing for the national team.

“There’s definitely a big chance for United to get those youth players in the first team.”

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After coming through the Bayern academy system alongside the likes of Owen Hargreaves, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller, Schweinsteiger knows better than most the benefits of having a flourishing youth infrastructure in place.

Similar to Bayern, United’s DNA is built on nurturing homegrown talent and that’s something Schweinsteiger noticed during his time in Manchester.

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Schweinsteiger said: “They [United] have the DNA. That’s very important. Not only for the connections in the squad but also for the players to feel ‘I’m a United player, I know what United means to me’.

“You know sometimes it takes time for a player from abroad, when they get into a club, to feel the DNA of a club.

“When I came to United, I could feel this DNA immediately; this love for the game, this love for playing for the club and to wear the emblem.

“I could feel that and I could feel that even more when I was talking to the United supporters.”

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