Not much else could be going wrong for Bastian Schweinsteiger right now.
The German World Cup winner has been frozen out by Jose Mourinho from the moment the Portuguese coach was appointed at Old Trafford – and seemingly for no good reason.
Schweinsteiger is yet to play a single minute of senior football for the Red Devils this season despite being allowed to return to training with the first-team this week.
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But the 32-year-old could be forgiven for feeling bereft of all hope he might be able to fight his way back into contention.
Mourinho appears all but convinced there is no place for the £180,00-a-week star in his side, and the club is willing to make a huge financial sacrifice to offload him.
The Sun reports Schweinsteiger is owed roughly £18 million in wages with two years left to run on his current contract with United.
It is staggering to believe the club has no qualms about continuing to pay up while the veteran midfielder is only required to do the bare minimum to pocket his earnings.
An Old Trafford insider said: “Bastian is fulfilling his obligations by training each day and is in terrific shape.
“He’s looking as good as he has since he arrived at the club.
“United are hoping a club will still come forward to take him off their hands in the upcoming window, but there are no takers as of yet.”
Schweinsteiger will be given close to £4 million between January and the end of the season if the Red Devils fail to move him on – a situation he club is understandably eager to avoid.
However, if a club comes for him in January, his new employers will have to pay around £10 million to secure his services.
America and China are the most likely destinations for Schweinsteiger, but whether any outfit is able and willing to pay his massive wages poses a big question mark.
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