Bastian Schweinsteiger, the first German to join Manchester United, has always been a very popular signing amongst most of the United fans. However, that hasn’t been the case with their current manager, Jose Mourinho. Schweinsteiger continues to not train with the first team and it is only a matter of “when” and not “if” he leaves, from the look of things.
The situation, however, could have worked in the German’s favor, if Mourinho had included him in his midfield plans. Marouane Fellaini has been doing the job to best of his abilities but has clearly affected team’s mobility in the middle of the park. Morgan Schneiderlin on the other hand still doesn’t get as many games as one expected of him. There were opinions that the reason Paul Pogba isn’t as impressive as he was at Juventus is because he doesn’t have someone with experience to guide him through, a description that fits the outcasted German to the “T”. But it wasn’t to be and the former Bayern Munich player continues to be missing on the footballing field.
At the beginning of the season, Schweinsteiger posted a message on the social media explaining his reasons for not leaving United when he had the chance.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) August 24, 2016
He was, at least then, still hoping to be a part of this United team but as it stands today, it doesn’t seem so likely, especially after Mourinho clearly saying so in one of his press conferences.
“I think it’s very difficult to happen. I’m not saying it’s impossible. I’m saying it’s very difficult. We have a decision completely made about Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick. We have five players for two positions. It’s very difficult that an opportunity will arrive.”
Things looked bleak for the World Cup winning captain but MLS chief Dan Garber said that Schweinsteiger is someone who they might be interested to see in the US.
“Of course we follow Bastian’s situation. He’s an old acquaintance for the United States, for example through the 2014 World Cup, when he played against the US team. He also played against the MLS All-Stars with Bayern in 2014. We would welcome Bastian with open arms. He would be a leader for our many young players.”
But to make the matters worse, only a few days have passed and some of the major teams have already distanced themselves from the “Deutscher Fußball Meister”. The FC Dallas club President expressed his admiration for the star midfielder but also mentioned that they are currently looking for a striker.
“He is an incredible player. I always admired him and the success that his teams had. That is no coincidence – he is a winner.
“At the moment we only have space for one designated player and we wanted to fill this with a striker. Maybe it will change, we will see.”
Following the suit, Red Bull head of Global Soccer, Oliver Mintzlaff, too, made it clear that Schweinsteiger doesn’t fit their requirements.
“Schweinsteiger is a great player who has had an amazing career. But there are no talks. He is not an issue for us and he will not become an issue.”
With things still looking so “up in the air”, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious and straightforward conclusion to this saga. Few reports, a couple of weeks back, suggested that United will be looking at a huge compensation package to have the German off their payroll. All in all, it is shaping up to be that painful and lengthy deal, which takes an eternity to finish up. One can only hope that Schweinsteiger gets what he wishes and that too, soon.