Ever since reports emerged at the beginning of this week claiming that Jose Mourinho had told Bastian Schweinsteiger to clear out his first team locker and train with the reserves, the midfielder's future at Old Trafford has looked bleak.
That feeling was only emphasised on Thursday when the former Bayern Munich man wasn't included in the large squad for Wayne Rooney's testimonial against Everton.
Addressing the issue
However, despite all the speculation we haven't actually heard much from the new Manchester United boss to explain the situation - until now. Speaking during Friday's scheduled press conference, Mourinho effectively put the final nail in the coffin of Schweinsteiger's United career.
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As reported by Manchester Evening News reporter Samuel Luckhurst, the new United manager appeared to rule out any plans to involve the 32-year-old midfielder this season.
In comments reported by The Mirror, he went on to explain that there simply isn't room for Schweinsteiger in the squad of 23 out field players he has in mind.
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"What is happening?" Mourinho said. "I think is what is happening in every club in the world which is the manager decides his squad and chooses a certain number of players to face the season and that’s it," Mourinho said.
"And I normally like to work with 20 players plus the three goalkeepers which is what I do for 15 years because we have so many players but at the same time we also have so many competition...
"Especially the Europa League is a competition that changes a lot of the season you can play 15 matches, you play on the Thursday, you have a big risk, travel a lot.
“Normally you are going to play the Premier League on the Sunday so I made the decision to be with 23 players plus three goalkeepers which I think is still a lot and I had to make my decisions.”
Odd one out
Considering Schweinsteiger wasn't involved on Thursday, in a game where Mourinho named so many players in reserve that he couldn't fit on the bench himself, today's comments all but confirm that he has no future at United.
With his manager also noting today that he wants all of his transfer activity completed by August 14, that doesn't leave Schweinsteiger long to find himself a new club after just one full campaign with the Red Devils.
He won't be alone in that position, however, with United's official website listing far more than 23 outfield players in the team's official first team squad at present.
United fans: Is Mourinho right to get rid of Schweinsteiger? And who else should leave? Have your say in the comments below...