Pep Guardiola says Manchester United Schweinsteiger hasn't been fit for three YEARS
Pep Guardiola has cast doubt over Manchester United new boy Bastian Schweinsteiger's fitness record and claimed he has not been fit for three years.
Bayern Munich boss Guardiola sold the Germany captain to Manchester United for £14.4m last month.
And Guardiola believes United will only see the best of the 31 year-old if he can finally shake off his injury woes.
Guardiola said: “When he does not have injury problems I am completely convinced he will do very well at Manchester United.
“He is a top, top player. Unfortunately, the last three years he was never in good condition.
“When he is in very good condition I am convinced he will be a good player for them. I really hope that is going to happen.”
The stats back up Guardiola's claims as Schweinsteiger's appearances have been on the decline in the last three seasons.
The 31 year-old, who has been troubled by ankle and knee problems, made 27 league starts in 2012/13, 22 the following season and 15 last season – his lowest tally since 2002/03.
Guardiola was more positive about another player who could be at Old Trafford this season – Barcelona winger Pedro.
United are lining up the £22m Spanish winger, who played under Guardiola at the Nou Camp, as a replacement for PSG-bound Angel Di Maria.
Guardiola said: “He is one of the best players you can imagine. He's won the European Cup, the Champions League and played millions of games for Barcelona.
“He can play in any team in the world. He’s a great player.”