Manchester United Football Club could well rotate somewhat tomorrow, when Reading FC visit the Theatre of Dreams in the FA Cup Third Round. The game won’t be as easy as some may think, but it would be good to see some fringe players getting their opportunity to prove what they are worth.
One man who has dragged himself back into contention for selection over recent weeks is Bastian Schweinsteiger. At one point, it felt like there would be absolutely no way back for the German, but he’s been back in training with the first-team, and even got on the pitch as a sub once.
Now, Jose Mourinho was asked whether the 32-year-old could be involved against Reading tomorrow, and it would certainly make sense in my opinion. Jose responded:
“He’s selected again, so he can start, he can be on the bench, but he’s an option for us. I think that’s the best way to describe [him].” Jose Mourinho told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
“For many months he wasn’t an option; we made that decision. When we brought him back in the first couple of weeks, he was not an option; he was obviously not ready to compete.”
“Since then, he’s been working very well and never an injury – he was ill last week, but never an injury. His body is fine, he’s training very well and he’s ready.”
“Again, my approach, which I think is the right one from the human point of view, is that if the player is not playing, I cannot stop him to leave – if the offer is right. Bastian played for us some minutes against West Ham and no more than that, but he wants to stay, he is staying and he is an option.”
“Because he’s an option, he’s selected for tomorrow, he was selected for Crystal Palace and he was selected for Middlesbrough. He’s an option, he’s waiting for a chance to play and I think January is a good month for that, with so many matches.”
As you’d imagine, the gaffer was keen on keeping his cards close to the chest. However, I’d love to see some first-team regulars rested and that could well open up the door for Bastian.
I don’t see any problem whatsoever with the midfielder coming back into the side as a direct replacement for Michael Carrick. Alright, he may not have much football under his belt and ninety minutes may be beyond him, but why not give him an hour to build up that fitness.
Check out Manchester United’s tweet about Schweini here:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 6, 2017