It was only eighteen months ago when Manchester United signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich, in a deal that I absolutely loved at the time. Growing up, the German midfielder has always been one of my sporting idols, but it just hasn’t worked out here; and I’m gutted.
Today, his Old Trafford hell has been put to an end as Manchester United have confirmed that the veteran has officially joined MLS side Chicago Fire on a permanent move.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 29, 2017
I thought Schweinsteiger would come into the team and completely transform the midfield with his calmness, desire and sheer intelligence in possession. Under Louis van Gaal, Basti got plenty of opportunities to play and on the whole, did well until about February when he picked up an injury.
He didn’t play for the rest of that season, before turning out for Germany in the European Championships. Then Jose Mourinho took charge at Manchester United, and Schweinsteiger only played four times under the leadership of the self-proclaimed Special One. That was certainly the beginning of the end.
The 32-year-old made 35 appearances for the Red Devils, finding the back of the net on two occasions.
All the best, Basti. Thanks so much for taking the gamble to come here, and I hope you thoroughly enjoy your time in the USA.