Juan Mata hails Bastian Schweinsteiger after Man Utd return

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One imagines Bastian Schweinsteiger received quite the reception upon his long-awaited return to Manchester United training on Monday.

The German has been through hell this season, working with the Under-23s and later on his own after being told by Jose Mourinho to clear out his first-team locker.

Schweinsteiger's teammates will undoubtedly have been happy to see him, especially so amidst their recent run of poor form.


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Leadership is currently lacking at the Theatre of Dreams and having the experienced 32-year-old back in the frame will come as a welcome boost to moral and team spirit.

Luke Shaw certainly seemed happy about Schweinsteiger's unprecedented return, saying in an interview with the Press Association: "We found out the news a couple of days ago and it's so great to have him back.

"He's a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself.

"It's a great boost, the experience and quality that he brings. The quality he possesses is a boost for our team."

Juan Mata is another who expressed delight at being able to work with Schweinsteiger again, with the Spaniard summarising his return using five simple words.

"He will never lose it," he told the Telegraph.

"We all are very happy for him that he is training with us. I wish the best for him and so does the rest of the team."

The fact remains that Schweinsteiger has a long road ahead to have any hope of playing for United, with Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin all above him in the pecking order.

However, if Mourinho's decision to recall the German is anything to go by, there's every chance Schweinsteiger could feature for the first team in the near future.

That's not according to Manchester Evening News, though, who claim Mourinho still has every intention of cashing in on the midfielder in January.

"Manchester United are still looking for a buyer for Bastian Schweinsteiger despite Jose Mourinho's decision to allow the midfielder to return to first-team training," wrote Rob Dawson.

"He was categorised as a player 'no longer considered a member of the first-team playing squad' when United released their fourth quarter financial results last month."

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