Manchester United players and fans alike will be delighted that Bastian Schweinsteiger has finally been recalled into the first-team by Jose Mourinho.
Three months of exile pointed towards a move in January, but in an unprecedented u-turn, the German midfielder has been given a second chance at the Theatre of Dreams.
The reason behind Schweinsteiger's return is yet unknown. Is Mourinho genuinely interested in reinstating the 32-year-old? Or is it a PR stunt to distract from United's glaring issues at present?
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Who knows anymore.
Fellow professionals and former teammates have since voiced their support for Schweinsteiger, with United left-back Luke Shaw following that trend today.
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In an interview with the Press Association's Simon Peach, who relayed the conversation on Twitter, Shaw discussed the positive impact Schweinsteiger's return will have.
"We found out the news a couple of days ago and it's so great to have him back," he said.
"He's a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself.
"It's a great boost, the experience and quality that he brings. The quality he possesses is a boost for our team."
United fans now believe Schweinsteiger has a future at the club, but according to Manchester Evening News, that's far from the case.
While Mourinho has offered the midfielder a lifeline, he still very much plans to offload him in the winter transfer window, most likely to America in the MLS.
"Manchester United are still looking for a buyer for Bastian Schweinsteiger despite Jose Mourinho's decision to allow the midfielder to return to first-team training," wrote Rob Dawson.
"He was categorised as a player 'no longer considered a member of the first-team playing squad' when United released their fourth quarter financial results last month."
Selling Schweinsteiger will ultimately be to the detriment of Mourinho and United, who currently lack leadership and experience in the centre of the park.
Paul Pogba has yet to find his feet in the Premier League and having a calming presence like Schweinsteiger alongside him might be the key to unlocking his potential.