In less than two years, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s dream Manchester United move has descended into an unprecedented nightmare.
Despite a superb record at Bayern Munich and a World Cup winners medal in his back pocket, Jose Mourinho has comprehensively exiled the German. For many fans it’s been the ultimate insult.
However, the concerns of supporters have fallen on deaf ears with Schweinsteiger this week seeing his opportunities at Old Trafford culled to an even greater extent.
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While Schweinsteiger’s debut season with United certainly didn’t set the league alight, it definitely didn’t warrant the heavy-handed treatment that has proceeded it.
Despite Mourinho still refusing to fully explain his actions, Schweinsteiger has been demoted below the level of even some youth players. It appears that under no circumstances will the 32-year-old be found in the squad.
Considering this is a man who has won the Champions League and World Cup, it’s questionable as to whether players like Marouane Fellinai deserve to be higher in the pecking order.
In addition, numerous big names have come out to condemn Mourinho’s decision to exile the German. Even the words of Manuel Neuer and Michael Ballack can’t overcome the Portuguese’s infamous stubbornness though.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Schweinsteiger won’t ever cross the white line in a United jersey again. Unless he can secure a move away, he might have to get used to training by himself.
The ex-Bayern Munich man’s troubles might not have reached an end though. In fact, according to the Mirror, any chance of the 32-year-old representing United in any capacity has been definitively blocked.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Manchester United’s reserve team manager Warren Joyce enquired about Schweinsteiger’s availability.
While the German playing football in the Under-23 Premier League would be quite a curious sight, it would at least be football for him.
However, it has been revealed that Mourinho and his staff have categorically denied such an opportunity. Schweinsteiger cannot represent United nor any of its various youth outfits, he can simply train.
It proves the final nail in the coffin for the midfielder at Old Trafford.
The fact his Red Devils career is over is nothing new, but the fact he has been dealt this latest insult greatly questions Mourinho’s respect for such a prestigious player.
After all, saying that Schweinsteiger would bolster United’s reserve team would be the mother of all understatements. If Mourinho wants to oust him, he does so at his own peril.
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