The return of Bastian Schweinsteiger to first team training was met with sheer delight by Manchester United supporters.
They’ve had little to shout about this season. It’s quite sad to say that the sight of Schweinsteiger back at Carrington alongside Wayne Rooney and co. was a high point.
With Paul Pogba picking up an injury in the midweek defeat to Fenerbahce, fans were hoping to see Schweinsteiger for the first time this season in United’s game at Swansea on Sunday.
It makes sense. United need fresh impetus and Schweinsteiger, a World Cup winner, can provide it.
But Jose Mourinho shut down any talk that the German will play in pretty feisty fashion.
A journalist asked the Portuguese if Schweinsteiger will play at the Liberty Stadium. Mourinho issued one word: “No.”
When asked why, he added: “Because I decide, and I decide no. It's too early for him, he's been training with the team for three or four days.
"He is not ready to play football at that level."
Go to 3:37 in the video below to watch Mourinho get snappy.
If he’s not going to play, can someone please drag Schweinsteiger out of Manchester please? He has too much talent not to be playing.
Mkhitaryan is in the same boat
The former Bayern Munich man is not the only player struggling for minutes at the moment.
Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan was seen for the first time since September 10 during United’s 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce, coming off the bench to play 29 minutes.
"He has to do more, it's as simple as that," said Mourinho about the Armenian after Thursday’s loss, via Sky Sports.
"We have big expectations at this club, lots of players for these positions, and he has to play better than [Juan] Mata, [Jesse] Lingard, [Anthony] Martial - he has to play better than them. It's as simple as that.”