Almost everyone in football has had their say on Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Since Mourinho’s arrival in the summer, he’s made it plainly clear that the German midfielder doesn’t feature in his plans.
The world-cup winner has, until recently, been prevented from training from the first-team and hasn’t been named in any of United’s match-day squads this season. To compound his misery, he wasn’t even included in United’s team photo this season.
In recent weeks, Schweinsteiger has returned to first-team training prompting speculation about a possible return to the United side.
However, according to the Daily Mail, that’s not in the case. In fact, they’re reporting that Mourinho has told Schweinsteiger to find a new club in January.
They claim that the only reason Schweinsteiger is back training with the first-team is to build up his fitness ahead of a transfer this winter.
The report suggests there are ‘a number of interested parties’ in the former Bayern Munich star, with Chicago Fire heading that list with their manager, Veljko Paunovic, meeting Schweinsteiger last week.
Schweinsteiger refuses to give up
Despite this report, Schweinsteiger is clearly refusing to give up on his United career.
"I'm trying to keep myself fit for the situation in which I am needed," he said earlier today.
"Hopefully, I will be given a chance. I look forward to training every day, and being able to train with the team. I don't know if I will get a chance, but I hope so.
"I still feel fit at 32 and certainly want to play more years at the top level and of course I want to win things.
"We won the FA Cup last year and that was also one of my aims. Of course it would be great to play for United in the Premier League and perhaps win it.
"If I am needed, I will give everything - I am ready."
The way Schweinsteiger has handled the whole situation is admirable and the 32-year-old will come out of it with a lot of dignity.
Unfortunately for European fans, it’s highly unlikely they will see him play in this continent again. Earlier this season, Schweinsteiger insisted that United will be the last club he plays for in Europe with a move to the MLS looking the most likely.
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