Bastian Schweinsteiger must be wondering what on earth he’s done to find himself training with Manchester United’s youth team.
A World Cup winner just two years ago, the German midfielder now finds himself ostracised at Old Trafford. For proof of his plight, United are willing to accept just £2 million for him.
Schweinsteiger had an injury-hit debut season under Louis van Gaal and things haven’t improved under Jose Mourinho. Having signed Paul Pogba in the transfer window, the Portuguese now has no need for the 32-year-old.
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It’s not clear if United will find a buyer for the former Bayern Munich man before next Wednesday’s transfer deadline, but one thing that is for certain is that the United States or China beckons.
“MUFC will be my last club in Europe,” Schweinsteiger confirmed in a statement yesterday.
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Mourinho likes Schweinsteiger
On the surface of it, Mourinho has made Schweinsteiger an outcast in an attempt to get him out of the club. Who else could have ordered him to train with the Under-21s but the manager?
Apparently that isn’t the case. According to German newspaper Bild, per the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho actually likes Schweinsteiger and it’s United chiefs who want him gone.
Instead of a personal problem between player and manager, United chiefs are eager to remove Schweinsteiger from the wage bill. In fact, the midfielder was never under the assumption that Mourinho wanted him to leave, even when rumours of his exit first surfaced earlier in the summer.
The story is quite difficult to fully grasp. Clearly, Mourinho isn’t a huge fan of the German otherwise he would have fought to have him in the first team. And it’s not difficult to imagine the former Chelsea boss telling Schweinsteiger that United, not him, are to blame for his current predicament.
The Red Devils have spent over £140m this summer and have signed Pogba to a contract worth a reported £290,000-a-week. Unfortunately for Schweinsteiger, he’s taken the hit from United’s attempts to recoup as much money as possible.
Credit, then, to the midfielder for handling the whole situation like a true professional.
“I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich,” he added in Wednesday’s statement. “I will be ready, if the team needs me.
“This is all I can say about my current situation. I want to thank the fans for their amazing support over the recent weeks.”