"Felt great today! Team is in good shape, results will follow!"
That's how Bastian Schweinsteiger described his emotions after returning to Manchester United training on Monday.
It's been a nightmare three months for the German but, at long last, he's finally been rewarded for the sheer commitment he's shown to prove Jose Mourinho wrong.
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Despite being told to train with the Under-23s - and later on his own - Schweinsteiger kept working hard in the background, biding his time and waiting for his moment to come.
And now he has it. By no means does his return also suggest a recall to action for United anytime soon, but it's a step in the right direction nonetheless.
Just like Schweinsteiger has shown support for his teammates, the 32-year-old has received unwavering backing from the club's fans, who have fought his corner ever since Mourinho exiled him.
Schweinsteiger has sought to return the favour somewhat - by dedicating his latest Instagram post to those who never stopped believing in him (see below).
He wrote: "Good morning, everyone! Just wanted to say thanks for all your kind messages!"
United fans would love nothing more than to see Schweinsteiger back in action at Old Trafford - but not just for sentimental reasons.
The Red Devils are four games in the Premier League without a win and it's partly due to inconsistency in central midfield - namely from Paul Pogba - that they find themselves in such poor form.
Mourinho has chopped and changed his midfield since day one, starting the season with Marouane Fellaini alongside Pogba and later trying Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick.
But nothing appears to be working, suggesting Schweinsteiger should be given the opportunity to stake his own claim for a place.
I wouldn't hold your breath, though.
A January move still appears to be on the cards for the ex-Germany international, who has no time to waste with regard to securing more game time.
At 32-years-old, Schweinsteiger is on the wane and cannot afford to settle at United, despite how much he might want to stay at the club.
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