Bastian Schweinsteiger's rapid downfall at Manchester United has come as a shock to his team-mates as much as it has the rest of the football world.
It seems that telling the Germany international to find a new club was one of the first things on Jose Mourinho's to do list when he first stepped into his new office at United's Carrington headquarters.
Not only has Schweinsteiger been told he won't play another game for the Red Devils, he has also been ordered to move out of the senior dressing room and is now training with the team's under-21 side.
While few were left inspired by his debut season at Old Trafford, it appears no one, not even the players, expected to see a juggernaut of the game treated in such a manner.
Indeed, the Daily Mail, who have put together a special report on Schweinsteiger's turbulent summer, claim the sight of the German emerging from the youth team dressing room left one senior star in shock.
"What the f*** are you doing in there?," the unnamed player exclaimed. It stands as an indicator for just how far the midfielder has fallen from the dizzy heights of winning the World Cup just two years ago.
While Manchester United players have said nothing on the matter in public, his brother Tobias has been outspoken, sending a tweet that simply read "no respect". Mourinho has also faced plenty of criticism from FifPro, the body who represent every professional footballer in the world.
But Schweinsteiger has not yet come close to the levels of isolation that Victor Valdes was subjected to under Louis van Gaal. Not only was the goalkeeper removed from first-team training but was given his own personal schedule to make sure he never interacted with senior players.
Schweinsteiger is now on his own fitness programme but is accessible to senior players still keen to seek advice from a legendary figure. The same report from the Daily Mail names Jesse Lingard as one man who regularly seeks out his words of wisdom.
It also claims Manchester United are confident of getting his £160,000-a-week wages off the books before September. The German would have to take a significant pay cut wherever he goes, but he is unlikely to stay if it means playing for the reserves.
Two clubs in the Premier League are believed to be interested while a move to Major League Soccer remains a possibility. The Chinese Super League are always open to signing big names but he is unlikely to ask his new wife, tennis player Anna Ivanovic, to make such a move.
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