Considering the way Jose Mourinho has banished Bastian Schweinsteiger from first-team football at Manchester United, you’d think he had a problem with the legendary German.
The Special One hasn’t given the 32-year-old a chance at Old Trafford and has consigned him to the reserves with him seemingly having already played his last game for the club.
It’s certainly a sad scenario for Schweinsteiger - especially considering the incredible career he’s had previously.
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The centre-midfielder racked up an incredible 500 appearances for Bayern Munich over 13 seasons, while he also gained 121 caps for the German national side.
While Mourinho may have received some criticism for his treatment of Schweinsteiger this season, he’s not always had the same opinion of the player.
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According to Michael Ballack, Mourinho often spoke highly of Schweinsteiger during his time at Chelsea and the decision he’s made at United is based purely on managerial reasons.
"Jose Mourinho always spoke really highly of Bastian, he said he really respected him as a person and a player, but as a coach you have to make decisions,” Ballack said on talkSPORT.
"He made his decision and of course it's hard for Bastian to accept because he's a great player with a fantastic history for himself and a nice person. They respect each other, but he's the boss and has to make decisions like that.
"I hope for Bastian that he finds his place in that team. If not, hopefully he makes a quick decision over his future because he deserves a better end to his career than being on the bench.”
While Ballack is supporting Mourinho for his decision to drop Schweinsteiger, there are many people that think the United boss has been out of order.
That includes Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who believes that he would fit perfectly into United’s system.
"He's not just some player, and also not only 18 or 19. I believe that Manchester United could 100 percent benefit from a fit Bastian Schweinsteiger.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal centre-back, and another German, Per Mertesacker thinks it’s ‘a bit perverse’ that his international teammate isn’t currently playing first-team football.
"It's bad luck for him that he joined a club that has again changed its manager, and that the new manager doesn't want him," said Mertesacker.
"It can happen to you at any time in this business, and it's a bit perverse, but Basti signed a good contract, and he knew where he was going.
"He just had bad luck with the way it worked out. He will draw his conclusions and I wish him all the best."