Bastian Schweinsteiger's future at Manchester United has been in doubt virtually ever since Jose Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal this summer, but Monday brought the clearest indication yet that the German midfielder is being actively forced out of the club.
As we reported on earlier today, Schweinsteiger is apparently being forced to train with the reserves and has had to clear out his locker in the first team's Carrington changing room.
It is a fairly embarrassing situation for the World Cup winner to find himself in and now his brother, Tobi, appears to have responded on social media this evening. The former pro is not happy.
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Tobi, who is the Man United midfielder's elder brother and currently coaches the Bayern Munich under 17 team, posted a simple two-word message on Twitter, but his feelings were very clear.
Of course, the older of the Schweinsteiger brothers didn't specifically reference Bastian's humiliating changing room snub. However, with the story making headlines in Germany as well as England, it is pretty safe to assume he was calling out United for their lack of respect.
Considering his position as one of the most well-respected players of his generation, banishing the 32-year-old to the reserves is certainly a bold move from Jose Mourinho.
Nevertheless, Schweinsteiger couldn't exactly claim his first season at Old Trafford was a huge success. The recently retired Germany international was little more than a bit-part player under Van Gaal, and spent a large percentage of the 2015/16 season either on the treatment table or on the bench.
Indeed, those are exactly the sort of issues that United fans have been bringing up when responding to Tobi's tweet this evening.
Although the player himself has kept quiet about his future, he must surely be wishing he had never left Bayern Munich last summer, or perhaps even retired altogether.
With over 120 caps for Germany, eight Bundesliga titles, a Champions League winner's medal and a World Cup to his name, Schweinsteiger has enjoyed a stellar career at the top level of the game.
While it is sad to see him fall to the lows being reported today, his brother's stern defence on social media is likely to fall on deaf ears when it comes to Mourinho and the United hierarchy.
Man Utd fans: Would you keep Schweinsteiger or let him go? And has Mourinho been too harsh on him? Have your say in the comments below...
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