Schweinsteiger believes van Gaal will succeed.

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes that manager Louis van Gaal will be successful at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal who joined United in 2014 haven signed a three-year-deal is yet to win a trophy with the Red Devils.

"I recognise similarities between Louis van Gaal here and at Bayern Munich," Schweinsteiger said, reports "In Munich, it took a while before the team understood exactly how we wanted to play football. But in the end we won the Bundesliga title and made it to the Champions League final.

"You have to be patient. But, of course, during that you have to win, you have to get results and you have to score. I think we are in a good way. We can improve but the team spirit here is great.

"It is not about October or November – it is about May. I am sure Louis will bring success to United. I am convinced that will happen but we have to do our work and we have to improve."

Schweinsteiger also spoke about the defensive tactics of West Brom over the weekend, saying it was similar to the Bundesliga.

"It is difficult to play against teams with the kind of defensive strategy West Brom had but I think we did well offensively," the Germany midfielder continued.

"When you are playing a team who defend with 10 men, it is not easy to find the gaps. There is still room for improvement but we did improve on breaking a team down, and we didn't give many chances away.

"It is not exclusive to England," he continued. "In Munich in the league or the Champions League it was exactly the same. Bayern drew 0-0 recently against Frankfurt because Frankfurt were defending with a lot of players. It happens but you have to find solutions and this is where we can still improve to make it easier for ourselves.

"Football is not only about attack. There are teams with different game styles and they also win titles. But I think especially in home matches we have to press and go forward.

"It is very important we win our matches at the moment because the league is very tight. And it was important to go into the international break with a win because the last two times were not very nice."

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