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Morgan Schneiderlin set to join Schweinsteiger at Manchester United

By Robert Jones

Manchester United will today send out a huge signal of intent when they unveil Morgan Schneiderlin as their latest acquisition.

The Southampton midfielder underwent a medical last night and is set to join up with Louis van Gaal's squad ahead of this afternoon's trip for a pre-season tour of the United States.

French international Schneiderlin was subject of interest from Tottenham Hotspur last summer and also saw the Saints reject a United bid for his services only last month.

The Old Trafford club have remained persistent, however, and having already added Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian to their ranks this summer, are set to announce his signing alongside that of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has already said his goodbyes to Bayern Munich via Twitter.

"Hi dear Bayern fans, and the South Stand in Munich," said the Germany captain.

"I know there has been a lot of speculation about my future and I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic time we spent together.

"It started in the Olympiastadion and continued into the Allianz Arena. It was a really fantastic time and we experienced some great moments with 15 national titles, including the historic treble.

"We are always going to have a bond and I will keep you in my heart forever.

"I also want to thank all the employees at the Sabener Strasse (training ground) for the great time we had together.

"I hope you, dear fans, understand that I have chosen this path now. I think it's a great challenge and I'm looking forward to it, although I will never forget you.

"I will always hold you in my heart and I hope we see each other again soon. Yours, Basti."

The 30-year-old midfielder added in a written statement: "The decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have and always will be an extremely important part of my life.

"Nevertheless, I would like to gain experience at a new club.

"My destination is Manchester United. I hope you understand my decision.

"No one can take away the incredible journey we had together. #MiaSanMia."

Bayern defender Philipp Lahm said: "It's a pity that our paths are now dividing. We've been through so much together so it really is a shame.

"We played football together for the first time when we were 16. We're going to miss him."

Forward Thomas Muller, who has also been linked with a move to United, added: "It's strange that Basti's gone. He's done sensationally for this club."

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