It looks as though Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Manchester United career has been cut short. The German, now 32, is one of the finest midfielders of his generation, but if Jose Mourinho’s latest comments are anything to go by, his time at the Theatre of Dreams is done after just twelve months.
Questions began to be raised last weekend in Gothenburg, when Schweinsteiger wasn’t included in United’s 23-man squad which smashed five past Galatasaray.
Mourinho met the media ahead of the Community Shield this weekend, and all-but confirmed that Bastian Schweinsteiger isn’t a part of his plans going forward.
Speaking about Schweinsteiger, Mourinho responded:
“In every club in the world this happens, the manager decides his squad,”
“Normally I like to work with 20 players plus three goalkeepers, which is what I do for 15 years.
“The Europa League is a competition that changes a lot of the season. You can play 15 matches, you play on the Thursday, you have a big risk and travel a lot.”
“I made the decision to be with 23 players plus three goalkeepers which I think is still a lot, so I had to make decisions.”
At the end of the day, football is a results business and clearly Mourinho thinks United stand a better chance without Bastian Schweinsteiger. Reports suggesting Mourinho should go to prison over his ‘bullying’ is just absurd to say the least.
Whilst it would be a monumental shame to see Schweinsteiger leave, it is in the best interests of his career to find himself another club as soon as possible, because sadly, he won’t be playing much at Old Trafford.