Manchester United Football Club let go of Bastian Schweinsteiger in the transfer window that had just past, with the German moving to the MLS to play for the Chicago Fire. Sadly for the 32-year-old, Jose Mourinho just didn’t take a liking to him.
At the start of the year, he couldn’t get into the match day squads at all, and when Schweinsteiger eventually did break through, the midfielder had to settle for minutes from off the bench during the dying embers of cup games.
One thing that remained a constant throughout was his professionalism, and we can hardly blame him for wanting to move to a side who’d play him every week.
Now in an interview, Basti has confirmed that he had offers from other clubs, but he chose to move out of Europe because Bayern Munich and Manchester United ‘were the only two European clubs for him’.
“Of course, other clubs had shown an interest, but I had said from the start that I didn’t want to move to another European club — there were only Bayern Munich and Manchester United for me. That is why Chicago was great.” Schweinsteiger told SPORT1, as per ESPN FC.
Once again, this just reaffirms what a classy guy Schweinsteiger is, and it also reminds us of just how much he loved Manchester United. I’m still gutted that it didn’t work out for him here, because when I was growing up as a kid, he was the one overseas player that I just enjoyed to watch play.
At the end of the day, football is a business and Mourinho’s mind was made up from minute one. That was never going to change, so the only option for Schweinsteiger was to leave. I’m glad he’s enjoying life out in the United States of America though, and it’s superb to see him playing regular football.