Earlier in the week, Manchester United fans were delighted to see the sight of Bastian Schweinsteiger back in training with the rest of the first-team for the first time of the season. Many thought that the German had worked his way back into proceedings, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
It made sense to bring him back into things because the squad was looking so bare in terms of numbers, particularly given long-term injuries to both Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly.
However, the gaffer seems to be pretty convinced regarding the fact that the veteran midfielder has no future at Old Trafford, and is preparing him for the future if he does leave the Theatre of Dreams when the transfer window opens in January.
“He will be much better prepared and conditioned in case his future decision [is] to leave the club – he will be prepared to go to competition. If he stays with us he becomes one more option. We made that decision last Thursday and informed him on Friday so he would join the team on Monday. It’s a decision based on the fact that we are in a period in the season when it’s really difficult to train with everybody together.” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying.
It really is a painful situation with what is happening regarding Schweinsteiger. As a kid, he was the one player I always wanted to see don the red shirt of Manchester United, but sadly it hasn’t gone well for him in the slightest.
For his sake, it makes sense for the 32-year-old to find a side who will play him regularly. There is absolutely no point in him rotting on the Manchester United sidelines, because it just wouldn’t be a good end to his brilliant career for both club and country.