At this stage, Bastian Schweinsteiger's Manchester United career looks to be all but over after reports this week revealed he had been sent to train with the reserves by new manager Jose Mourinho.
But, in a video posted to his official twitter account today, the recently retired Germany international appeared in positive mood as he thanked fans for recent well-wishes, both for his birthday and in celebrating his illustrious international career.
However, rather than continuing the congratulations, a large number of Manchester United fans actually seized their opportunity to contact the 32-year-old and replied to the tweet with pleas for Schweinsteiger to stay at Old Trafford.
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Perhaps it was the final line of the midfielder's video message, where he told fans he 'hoped to see them soon', that led to the numerous and somewhat unexpected calls for him to remain a United player.
As you can see below, the theme was pretty clear amongst fans responding to the tweet.
Considering Schweinsteiger's only season in Manchester to date was a largely forgettable affair in which the veteran spent more time on the treatment table than on the pitch, it is surprising to see such a large number of fans actually want Mourinho to keep him in the squad.
However, perhaps they feel that, given his undoubted quality, he would be a better option to keep around for the upcoming campaign than the likes of Marouane Fellaini or Ander Herrera - two fellow midfielders who have been linked to a Manchester United exit.
Nevertheless, the final decision remains with Jose Mourinho and it appears that the Portuguese boss has made up his mind on the former Bayern Munich man.
Having seen their man be told to clear out his first team locker at United's training ground, there seems very little chance that those fans pleading for Schweinsteiger to stay will have their wish granted.
Out of his hands
Indeed, they might be better served bombarding the manager's social media accounts rather than the German midfielder's. After all, his United future appears to be well and truly out of his hands at this stage.
Rather than making up the numbers in Manchester, the most recent reports have suggested that a return to Munich could be on the cards for Schweinsteiger.
If that were to be the case, it would bring to an end a short and ultimately disappointing time in England for the former Germany captain.
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