Michael Ballack criticises Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to Man United

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Bastian Schweinsteiger may have redeemed himself in the eyes of Jose Mourinho recently but that still hasn't really sorted out his biggest problem - getting regular playing time.

The Manchester United manager started the season by telling Schweinsteiger he was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford but the German was unable to secure an exit.

Instead, the German has since worked his way back into Mourinho's good books but has still made just four appearances over the course of the campaign.

Now, 32, Schweinsteiger must be considering whether moving to Man United in 2015 was actually a wise switch after all.

One man who certainly doesn't think so is his former Bayern Munich midfielder partner Michael Ballack.

The ex-Germany captain, who also made the transition from the Bundesliga to the Premier League with Chelsea, isn't at all surprised Schweinsteiger's move hasn't gone to plan and thinks his old teammate was already on the wane before becoming a Man United player.

"When the transfer [to Manchester United] happened, he was already past his prime, due to injuries," Ballack told Bild, as per Goal.

"I am not that surprised by this development [Schweinsteiger struggling for game time]. The Premier League is a different kind of league, in terms of physical play.

"He has had a difficult time with the manager but the fans and the club love him. I hope that he will be able to close this chapter feeling satisfied."

Even with Mourinho's squad on the cusp of a busy period of fixtures and Ander Herrera suspended for two domestic matches, it is unlikely he will to turn to Schweinsteiger too frequently.

In Herrera's absence, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini both have more chance of deputising than Schweinsteiger.

He has played 90 minutes on just one occasion this campaign - a win over Wigan in the FA Cup - where he was also able to find the back of the net.

The fans at Old Trafford have cheered his every appearance and clearly respect what Schweinsteiger has achieved in the game.

But perhaps Ballack has a point. For a club trying to restore themselves at the summit of English football, there can be no room for passengers who remain solely for their former glories.

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