Bastian Schweinsteiger was named amongst Manchester United's bench to face West Ham on Sunday for the first time since Jose Mourinho took over in May.
Unsurprisingly, the German didn't actually make it onto the pitch, but it was another positive step in the right direction.
Since being demoted to training with the Under-23s in August and later told to work alone, Schweinsteiger has been recalled to first-team training and most recently made his return to United's 18-man matchday squad.
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He's been forced to work hard for his chance to impress, but it's a testament to Schweinsteiger's will power and determination how he's pulled off such a comeback.
All this and yet the 32-year-old still looks set to leave United in January, most likely to the MLS.
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That notion hasn't gone down well with Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who has become the latest to blast United and Jose Mourinho for their treatment of Schweinsteiger.
If anything, Hoeness' take on the debacle is the most brutal yet.
The 64-year-old believes United should be "punished" and made to "bleed" for the pain they've caused Schweinsteiger over the past four months.
He told Bayern fans at a club meeting, per Goal: "I would let them bleed until the last day and then say goodbye.
"I would play golf every month, offer United my work and accompany [wife] Ana Ivanovic to tennis matches.
"A club like that should be punished [for how they've treated him]."
Ouch. Hoeness clearly feels strongly about how Schweinsteiger has been disrespected in Manchester, though he believes the former Germany international is close to retirement.
"From what I have heard, Basti is close to retiring from football," he added. "I do not think we would be doing him or ourselves a favour with a return to Bayern."
Despite spending 90 minutes on the bench against West Ham - not to mention the fact United drew - Schweinsteiger was once again in high spirits following the game.
He tweeted: "The team showed a good performance. Unfortunately, we couldn't reward ourselves at the end! Let's move on and look forward to the next game!"
How can Schweinsteiger remain so positive after the way he's been treated? The midfielder deserves better, so here's hoping United find him a worthy suitor in January.
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