Kahn backs Schweinsteiger sale

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Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn believes the Bavarians' decision to sell Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United was the correct one.

Schweinsteiger came off the bench to make his debut for the Red Devils in their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Germany captain's departure left many Bayern fans feeling confused an upset why the club was willing to let the midfielder leave, but Kahn is convinced the club made the right call because the playmaker was unlikely to be able to hold down a regular place in the first team this season.

"A club cannot make allowances for what a player has achieved for them, but they are responsible for looking at what he is currently doing for them," Kahn told Kicker magazine.

Bayern current boast Aturo Vidal, Thiago Alcantara, Xabi Alonso, Phillip Lahm, David Alaba, newly-signed Joshua Kimmich and Javi Martinez all capable of playing in central midfield.

"I certainly don't think Schweinsteiger would have been suited to being a back-up player," Kahn added. "With that in mind, this decision is understandable."

The retired goalkeeper went on to warn Schweinsteiger he would need to adapt to a new style of play, and quickly, if he was to succeed in the Premier League.

"Bayern's style of play was suited to him, but he's going to have to adapt to an extremely high tempo at Manchester United," he added.

"He could run into problems relatively quickly if he does not get back to a top physical condition."