Wide-scale reports in the British press in the last 24 hours state Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told midfield veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger that he is not part of the club’s future.
Allegations have circulated that the former Bayern Munich general, who retired from international football last month, has been banished to the Old Trafford reserves and is free to leave the Red Devils.
— AS English (@English_AS) August 1, 2016
If this is true, it is strange for a number of reasons.
Firstly, Mourinho is well known for his preference in using experienced players over blooding youngsters and puts a lot of credence in the abilities of those that have proven themselves on the biggest stage.
Schweinsteiger certainly has all the nous, experience and physical qualities that the Portuguese trainer usually opts for in his teams and must be regarded as one of the best central midfielders of a generation.
Secondly, despite the reported impending arrival of prodigal son Paul Pogba, Schweinsteiger could well be a player that offers United direction, leadership and quality if given the chance to feature.
There is no doubting that the German’s first season in England was underwhelming, mostly down to persistent injuries, and at 32 is past his mesmeric best.
I get why Mourinho wants to trim the fat from the squad, but I do genuinely believe Schweinsteiger can be of important use. Big game player.
— Liam Canning (@OffsideLiam) August 1, 2016
That said, a new-look United will need to reinvent the winning mentality of the club’s yesteryear and Schweinsteiger has won just about every possible trophy available in the world game.
As such, although the veteran is not the same player that ruled the roost for Bayern and Germany over many years, Schweinsteiger still has a lot to offer and Mourinho would be advised to think twice before banishing a player of the 32-year-old’s prestige.