After their 0-0 draw with Burnley meant they are now eight points adrift of the league leaders, it seems Jose Mourinho is willing to take drastic measures to get his side back into the title race.
That’s because the Portuguese boss has taken the step to call Bastian Schweinsteiger in from the cold with the German returning to first-team training this morning.
Mourinho had exiled the former Bayern Munich player in the early part of the campaign with the midfielder being made to either train alone or with the Under-23s.
It appeared there was no way back for Schweinsteiger after he was left out of the team’s annual photograph last week.
However, after the club’s official Twitter page posted some pictures of their training session on Monday morning, supporters immediately realised that Schweinsteiger’s exile was finally over.
It’s unclear exactly why Mourinho has re-installed the 32-year-old back into training but it’s certainly surprising to see Mourinho backtrack on his earlier comments.
Either way, United fans were just delighted to see Schweinsteiger joining in training with him seemingly a fan favourite at Old Trafford.
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The former Chelsea manager admitted earlier this season that it’s highly unlikely that Schweinsteiger will make an appearance for the first-team this season.
“I think it’s very difficult to happen. I’m not saying it’s impossible. I’m saying it’s very difficult,” he said.
“We have a decision completely made about Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick. We have five players for two positions. It’s very difficult that an opportunity will arrive.”
However, after Ander Herrera was sent off against Burnley and Mourinho clearly having reservations about Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, there could well be a chance for Schweinsteiger after all.
If the German World Cup winner can impress in training, then maybe he can be given an opportunity to win Mourinho’s trust and return to first-team football.
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