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Manchester City were bewildered after Manchester United signed Bastian Schweinsteiger

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When Bastian Schweinsteiger signed for Manchester United last summer, Louis van Gaal was hoping his experience would prove to be valuable for his side.

But, after making just 18 Premier League appearances, it seems as though the German’s career at Old Trafford is coming to an end.

The 32-year-old was plagued with injury problems last season and Jose Mourinho has already made it very clear that the player isn’t in his plans.

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When the Red Devils signed the midfielder, many thought that it was a very useful acquisition. After all, he had lifted eight Bundesliga titles for Bayern Munich during an illustrious career.

But, the fact was that Schweinsteiger wasn’t in good condition - hence why the German club allowed him to leave for just £6.6 million.

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The Daily Mail have documented how the Germany international’s career has taken a nosedive in recent years. And, in the report, they have revealed exactly what city rivals Manchester City thought of the Schweinsteiger signing.

They state that executives at the Etihad were left ‘bewildered’ after United offered the German a three-year deal despite his advancing age.

Not only that, but they state that current City boss Pep Guardiola claimed that he was never in good condition during his last three years at the Allianz Arena.

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Disaster deal

In truth, the whole deal has been a disaster with the club with them desperately trying to offload the player, who is currently earning £160,000-per-week with two-years remaining on his deal.

However, in some quarters, the Special One has been heavily criticised for the way he’s treated Schweinsteiger, with Dejan Stefanovic accusing him of bullying.

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Mourinho defended his actions

However, Mourinho has defended his actions by saying that his squad is simply too big to include the Germany legend.

"I have to make my decisions, it’s simple," said Mourinho when asked about the Schweinsteiger situation. 

"What is happening is what happens in every club in the world, and that is the manager decides his squad.

"The truth is you want a certain number of players to face the season and that’s it. I normally like to work with 20 players plus three goalkeepers, which is what I do for 15 years."

It seems that City had every right to be ‘bewildered’ after the Schweinsteiger signing last summer.

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