Effenberg: Schweinsteiger is invaluable to Man Utd

Former Bayern Munich captain Stefan Effenberg believes Bastian Schweinsteiger is an invaluable asset for Manchester United.

The 32-year-old midfielder struggled to convince manager Jose Mourinho of his worth early in the season, and was relegated to training with the youth team.

However, he made his first start of the season in United's 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic at the weekend, scoring a goal and providing an assist, which inspired Mourinho to call him 'an option' for the rest of the campaign.

"His experience is unquestionable," Effenberg told Sky Sports News Deutschland.

"It's an enormous advantage. You can always bring him into the side at any stage like Mourinho has done and Schweinsteiger's repaid that."

Effenberg added: "It was important for him during the time he wasn't playing to always offer his services and train well.

"You can really see Schweinsteiger's value now. With little game time, he'll immediately be at 100 percent when he's got his match fitness back.

"He's worth his weight in gold to a club like Manchester United. I also find it good that Bastian never made a public statement or said he wanted a move to a new club.

"Of course he wants to play more and I hope he gets more games towards the end of the season in order to show how valuable he is."