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Bastian Schweinsteiger to start for Manchester United?

Bastian Schweinsteiger may start his first match of the 2016/17 season according to reports by Sky Sports. The German international was handed a shock lifeline into the first team on Sunday when he was named in the 18-man squad to face West Ham United in the Premier League at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are suspended for the visit of the Hammers for the second time in fours days, meaning United’s midfield is dilapidated somewhat. Michael Carrick could also return to action against his former club after missing Sunday’s 1-1 draw. Schweinsteiger’s return was not seen as an option earlier in the season, he was even omitted from the team photo this season. It was expected that the German midfielder would leave the club during the January transfer window, which could still be the case.

Schweinsteiger has been a great player over the years, but I am not connected to the player, as I am still not sure he offers much to the team in all honesty. Last season, he was a player on the sidelines more often than not, ending the season on the sidelines, watching tennis and then, all of a sudden, returning to action for Germany in the European Championships, his last tournament for his country. That, in my opinion, is not putting his club first. I understand, with hindsight, that he wanted to represent his country one last time, but it is unforgivable that he did not help his teammates last season when he could have got his fitness levels up and maybe even have been more help to Germany in their endeavours. It was only yesterday [Monday] that Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was suggesting Schweinsteiger ‘bleed Manchester United dry‘, which funnily enough is what Hoeness did to the German tax system, by saying:

“If I were him, I would make the people in Manchester pay until his last day.

“That’s what this club deserves for what they’ve done to him. They should be punished.”

Sky Sports suggest that Jose Mourinho does not have a problem selecting the German for Wednesday night’s fixture in the EFL Cup against West Ham United, which is a massive U-Turn seeing that he was never going to play for United again a few months ago. There is a midfield problem to encounter, though, with the suspension to Pogba and Fellaini, so any good manager will have to backtrack to do something they did not expect to have to do, which should be seen as a team decision for the manager, but there will probably be more negativity because of it. Schweinsteiger has previously stated that Manchester United will be his last club in Europe, meaning that he will move to foreign climbs in the future, whether it be in January or in the summer. One could very much see Schweinsteiger thinking that he could fight his way into the first team, after coming back into the squad from the outside, so his decision will not be a rash one.

Schweinsteiger has previously stated that Manchester United will be his last club in Europe, meaning that he will move to foreign climbs in the future, whether it be in January or in the summer. One could very much see Schweinsteiger thinking that he could fight his way into the first team, after coming back into the squad from the outside, so his decision will not be a rash one. I would rather see Carrick start the match, as he has the match fitness that will be needed against a team like West Ham United, the slightest mistake could cost United, which would make me wonder if the fans would turn on the player, or suggest that mistakes happen. That is the double standards that are at play here in this day and age.

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