Bastian Schweinsteiger calls Manchester United ‘bigger’ than Bayern in Guardian interview

Bastian Schweinsteiger has labelled Manchester United as ‘the biggest club in the world’ in this interview with the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson.

It’s an interesting judgement call to make, considering how intertwined the two clubs’ histories are (1999 Champions League Final).

The German World Cup winner, who came up through the ranks at Bayern and had spent his entire career at the Bavarian giants until this summer’s move, feels that his new club edge Bayern in terms of global fanbase.

The midfielder cites the differing reactions he’s had both as a Bayern player and now as a United one, and feels that Manchester United players are more instantly recognizable than Bayern’s.

But does that necessarily make them a bigger club than Bayern? He overlooks  history, and recent success…

Schweini’s labelling of Bayern as smaller than United will probably be regarded as treason back in Bavaria, and a skeptic could wonder why he never offered that opinion until now…