Bastian Schweinsteiger included in Manchester United's Premier League squad

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Bastian Schweinsteiger's refusal to leave Manchester United in the summer transfer window may have irked Jose Mourinho, but the Portuguese is not a man to hold a grudge.

He may have thrown him out of the senior dressing room but Mourinho appears to have accepted that a man with 121 caps for world champions Germany might come in handy at some point this season. 

That is probably why Schweinsteiger has been included in Manchester United's 25-man Premier League squad, making him available for the season ahead despite claims he won't play. 

It is a significant boost for the veteran midfielder, who seemed to be on his way out of Old Trafford after just one disappointing season. He failed to impress following a move from Bayern Munich and was quickly ostracised by Louis van Gaal's replacement.

But for one reason or another, Schweinsteiger refused to leave the Red Devils, claiming they would be his "last club in Europe" and claiming he was still hopeful of winning Mourinho over. He rejected a last-minute move to Sporting Lisbon as well as late interest from the Bundesliga.

Still hope

He recently told reporters: “My wish would be to continue playing for Manchester United. I have no personal problems with José Mourinho. One thing is for sure: I’m not going to stop playing football. I still believe in my own ability. I could still help Man United if given the chance.”

There is, however, no guarantee that Schweinsteiger will play for United. Indeed, Victor Valdes was also part of their Premier League squad last season and he was even more isolated from the squad.

Other inclusions

Sadiq El-Fitouri is the other surprise inclusion in the 25-man list. The 21-year-old was unearthed from Salford City on the recommendation of Class of '92 stars Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, who part own the club.

He signed in January 2015 and has been a regular in the Manchester United reserve team.

The full squad is as follows:


One thing to note is that Paul Pogba has been included as a homegrown player. Having completed three years of his education at Manchester United, he can be included despite being French and spending four years in Italy.

The fact that he is eligible for homegrown status only adds to the value he brings to United. 

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