The 30-year-old was instrumental in Germany’s World Cup winning campaign in Brazil, where they defeated Argentina in the final. In the 2014/15 season, he won the Bundesliga for third year in a row.
The German international has one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena. His contract situation with the Bundesliga winners has seen him reportedly attract interest from the 20-times English champions.
Makaay says Schweinsteiger’s relationship with United manager Louis van Gaal could help the Premier League giants land the Bayern star.
“He’s an amazing player, a world champion. If you saw him at the World Cup final he was bleeding everywhere but he came back on the pitch,” Makaay told Goal.
“He and van Gaal had a good relationship so it wouldn’t surprise me [if he joined United]. I hope he stays at Bayern. He’s a kid from the club and he has to stay there. But if he decides to move it wouldn’t be a surprise if he changed to Man United knowing the good relationship he has with the manager.”
“When you listen to Van Gaal, there were players he had a good relationship with. Thomas Muller [is one], but he was quite clear and said ‘I’m going to stay at Bayern’ and Schweinsteiger, I don’t know what’s going to happen.
Makaay says United’s rumoured interest in Schweinsteiger is no surprise. However, the former Bayern man has backed the World Cup winning star to continue with his current employers.
“I know they had a good relationship so if he decides to change it wouldn’t be a big surprise if he changes for here. When we speak about experience, he has that experience. But I hope he stays at Bayern because he is still important for Bayern,” the ex-striker said.
“He’s been playing there for 18 years, starting from the youth so that’s why I hope he stays there and he finishes his career at Bayern because he’s still an important asset.”
“He still has a year on his contract left but it will be a big blow for the fans if he leaves because he’s the No.1 there. [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribery are very popular but Schweinsteiger is the most because he started [at Bayern] from a young age until now,” Makaay said.
Schweinsteiger’s experience could prove vital for United and he could partner Michael Carrick in the midfield. These two players can dominate the midfield, but considering their age, it will only be a stop-gap solution.