Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that Bastian Schweinsteiger made his own decision to leave the Bundesliga outfit for Manchester United.
The German midfielder is expected to finalise his move to Old Trafford this week after the two clubs agreed a fee for his services.
Guardiola says that he has enjoyed working with the 30-year-old during his time at the Allianz Arena.
"It was a big honour for me to be his manager," Goal.com quotes the Bayern boss as saying.
"We talked prior to the season and I said: 'You decide, Basti'. It was Bastian's personal decision. He wants to have this experience. But many, many thanks to Basti."
Schweinsteiger has spent 17 years at Bayern.