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Six Manchester United players who face uncertain outcomes this season

Manchester United started a new era last summer with the arrival of Jose Mourinho. Four players were brought in by the Portuguese; Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba. All four players have either found their feet or are heading leaps and bounds in the right direction to find them. Zlatan has scored 26 goals so far this season, helping the club to win both the FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup, which in effect secured the third and fourth trophies for the club post Sir Alex Ferguson, or if you would rather, the second major trophy, the first being the Emirates FA Cup won by Louis van Gaal last season. Mourinho has talked about this coming summer with two or three players likely to be brought in with United and Mourinho overseeing a possible flurry of players surplus to requirements heading out of the club.

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw has had a poor first season under Jose Mourinho. It is fair to say that his injury sustained in the 2015/16 season, which kept him out for the rest of the season, was enough to sideline him both physically and mentally and you could say that it still bears an effect on him today. Serious injuries do take time to return from, but from what is seen from the outside of the club, it does not look too good for the former Southampton defender. Shaw has made 14 appearances this season, the last of which was against Wigan Athletic in the Emirates FA Cup on the 29th January 2017. He was involved in the squad for the 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on the 19th February 2017 but did not get onto the pitch during the match. The fact Shaw was overlooked for the trip to Saint-Etienne with United 3-0 up on aggregate from the first leg at Old Trafford could suggest that his days are numbered at the Theatre of Dreams. A run of matches to get back into the swing of things would do him well, but Mourinho has suggested that Shaw is still behind the likes of Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo in the left-back role. Currently, Shaw is linked to Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Sun, which could be a load of made up rubbish, but who knows. Working with Mauricio Pochettino could inspire Shaw to make his comeback, but it would be the easy way out for him.

Matteo Darmian

Matteo Darmian started his Manchester United career last season under Louis van Gaal and was quickly praised as the second coming of Gary Neville. His form then went south and it went from bad to worse as the season drew on. This season, under Jose Mourinho, Darmian had the chance to restore himself into the starting XI, but the form of Antonio Valencia has kept him out of his favoured position at right-back. The Italian has made 16 appearances this season, most of which have come with him playing in the left-back role, a secondary role Darmian has played before, and seems to have done well as he his placed higher in the squad than Luke Shaw, who was mentioned above. Darmian was linked with a move back to Italy in the summer and again in January and will probably be linked with a possible departure this coming summer, a summer which could see Mourinho add two-three players to his squad in order to create a finishing touch to his Manchester United side, one which will be expected to challenge for the Premier League title, something they seem to have come up short on this season, but mathematically it is still possible, for the time being at least. Darmian is running out of time to restore himself at United if that chance has not gone already. As an Italian international, he will want to play for his country, but seldom playing could hamper that.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger started the season being frozen out of the Manchester United first team and training with the U23 side. Not long after this, Jose Mourinho allowed the veteran German to train with his teammates again, which then saw him being added to matchday squads with him returning to action against West Ham United in the 4-1 victory in the EFL Cup on the 30th November 2016. Schweinsteiger then played another match over a month later, this time in the Emirates FA Cup in the 4-0 victory over Reading at Old Trafford, appearing again in the next round in which United beat Wigan Athletic 4-0 with the German scoring one of the goals. Schweinsteiger then returned for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg clash with Saint-Etienne in which United won 1-0, 4-0 on aggregate. Not playing in the Premier League may well change with the fixture pile up United have at the moment with five matches being played in March, six in April and so far two matches yet to be rearranged against Manchester City and Southampton. Schweinsteiger may not have a future at United longer than the end of the season, but playing a part could well be a good decision from Mourinho who has praised his work ethic, even when he was frozen out of the team. The German confirmed that he would not play for another European club during his career with a move to the MLS seemingly on the cards, maybe China, which would surprise me.

Ashley Young

Ashley Young has played 14 times for Manchester United this season, playing a bit part figure at the club. His last match, the 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne saw him play in defence, despite the fact he has always been a winger at the club. Jose Mourinho has praised Young a few times this season, also suggesting that he wanted to keep him at the club. He had offers last summer and also in January, then with the Chinese Super League window closing at the end of February, reports surfaced that he was still a target, which again did not materialise. Young’s current contract expires in the summer of 2018, but United do have the option to add another year to that contract, should his services be required at the club. This summer may be the last chance for the club to see any return for the 31-year-old who signed for United from Aston Villa under Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2011. Young has done well to achieve what he has at United, but as he is not one of the first names on the team sheet and with United looking elsewhere to find the players to challenge for the Premier League title next season, it is only a matter of time before the veteran Englishman will be heading away from the Theatre of Dreams.

Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj has spent the current season on loan with relegation candidates Sunderland under the guidance of David Moyes, who was looking to establish himself in the world of management again after his ill-fated reign of Manchester United following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013. Januzaj has made 21 appearances for the North East club, scoring one goal in the EFL Cup against Shrewsbury and seeing red against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League weeks later. Januzaj needs to impress in order to keep his place in the Manchester United squad open for him, something he is not currently doing whilst playing for Moyes’ Sunderland. The Belgian has played well at times, but consistency seems to be a major problem for him. During the summer, both Januzaj and Andreas Pereira were loaned out, the latter to Granada in the Spanish La Liga, and has done well, despite playing for one of the poorest teams in the league, and seems to have a lot more to give to United, should he return to the club and fight for a first team place in the summer, which is likely. Januzaj seems to have risen early but just does not seem to be putting in the effort which is what previous coaches of the player have said, Warren Joyce for instance, a guy who knows what he is talking about. Mourinho will be looking for something better to complete his Manchester United squad and Januzaj does not seem to be of that ilk anymore, which is a massive shame considering he was lauded with the potential of Cristiano Ronaldo a few years back.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has had a mixed season under Jose Mourinho. He retained the captain’s armband, which suggested that Mourinho rated him and wanted to retain his services in the first team, which he has done, yet has not been afraid to drop the 30-year-old who has been upstaged by a play five years his senior. Gone are the days that Wayne Rooney would be lighting up the Old Trafford pitch, scoring goals for fun and being the key player for United. Rooney may have broken the 40-year goalscoring record held by Sir Bobby Charlton, but that does not bring the Rooney that signed for the club back in 2004 back. Rooney has been long linked with an exit from the Theatre of Dreams. Many thought it could have happened in the summer with his testimonial penned in for August, but nothing materialised. China were interested in the player, but Rooney seemed to have no desire to go there and play mediocre football for a substantial wage, which is fair enough. Everton, his boyhood club are calling though and are very much interested in bringing back their player, something Rooney himself is open to, which could boost the Merseyside club to maybe achieve some silverware in the new season, but that hold no guarantees. Rooney has been a great player for United, but I do not feel he is one of the legends of the club. His record is a great one to have,m especially being the top goalscorer for club and country, but compared to Sir Bobby Charlton, Rooney has a lot to achieve, which could still be done during the remainder of his career, maybe not at United.

Written by Mike Wilson

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.

International Reds: Schweinsteiger bows out; Mkhitaryan injured?

The international break has started meaning that now top flight club football will commence until next weekend. On Wednesday evening, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger represented their respective countries, Armenia and Germany, with Schweinsteiger bowing out of the international stage after announcing his retirement after the European Championships in France earlier this summer. During the international break, we will be reporting on how each Manchester United player has done whilst playing for his country. Here is how Mkhitaryan and Schweinsteiger did on Wednesday evening.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Czech Republic 3-0 Armenia

Henrikh Mkhitaryan started in the 3-0 defeat to the Czech Republic, captaining his country. It took just four minutes for the home side to take the lead, through Ladislav Krejci. In the 34th minute of the match, Vaclav Kadlec doubled the hosts lead. In the 38th minute of the match, Mkhitaryan was replaced by Artak Yedigaryan after colliding with Marek Sukhy and being unable to continue. The injury does not look all that serious, just enough for him being unable to continue the match and when asked by supporters if he would be fit for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Denmark in Copenhagen on Sunday, he replied: “I hope so”.

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Next Match: Denmark – FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Sunday 4th September 2016, KO 17:00 BST 

Bastian Schweinsteiger – Germany 2-0 Finland

Bastian Schweinsteiger started in the 2-0 victory over Finland on Wednesday evening at the Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach. This was a friendly match branded a testimonial and the 121st and final appearance for Schweinsteiger for Germany, which was a sad occasion for himself and his fans. Every time he touched the ball, the supporters in the stadium erupted in applause, which was a fitting touch for the man that helped his country win the FIFA World Cup just two years ago in Brazil, also beating the hosts 7-0 on the way to the final, something Brazil have never really recovered from, even their Gold Medal at the Olympics will not change that. In the 15th minute of the match, Schweinsteiger picked a perfect pass for Max Meyer, one of the stars of Germany’s Olympics side, but his low strike from 20-yards did not have the accuracy it needed. The match headed into half-time 0-0, with Schweinsteiger and his teammates looking to give him a fitting send-off. In the 55th minute, Meyer scored his first senior goal for his country, assisted by Mario Götze. By the 68th minute of the match, it was time to say goodbye to Schweinsteiger, who was replaced by Julian Weigl. In the 77th minute of the match, Mesut Özil, assisted by Götze, doubled the home side’s lead, sending Schweinsteiger into international retirement as a match winner once again. At the end of the match, applause roared once against for Schweinsteiger with banners around the stadium saying “Danke, Basti”, in recognition of the work the player had done for his country.

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Next Match: Retired from international duty

Bastian Schweinsteiger could help Warren Joyce by playing in the Premier League 2 this season

Manchester United and Bastian Schweinsteiger continue to rumble on through the media, with the player making a statement via his Twitter and Facebook profiles earlier on Wednesday stating that the Old Trafford club would be the last European club he played for, which then makes you wonder whether the United States of America or China would be his next destination. It is clear that the German veteran midfielder does not want to leave the club he signed for little over a year ago, leaving Bayern Munich, a club he had played for and loved for most of his career. United manager Jose Mourinho has told the player he is not in his plans, and the club seems to be finding it hard to get rid of the player and his wage bill. With that not happening, perhaps Schweinsteiger can help United in another area? He clearly loves the club, which can be seen from the statement he made on Wednesday, saying:

“MUFC will be my last club in Europe. I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave FC Bayern München. I will be ready if the team needs me. This is all I can say about the current situation. I want to thank the fans for the amazing support over the recent weeks.”

Warren Joyce has started his Premier League 2 season with the now U23’s in a bit of a dilemma. He does not have a true striker, with James Wilson on his way to Derby County, Will Keane looking for a new club (whether on loan or permanently) and Marcus Rashford part of the first team, which does not help Joyce. The U23’s also do not see to have much experience, and in order to teach players, the experience is key. United have a lot of talent in their U18 and U23 squads, bit with players such as Jesse Lingard now forming a career in the first team, Adnan Januzaj on loan at Sunderland, Andreas Pereira looking for a loan spell and others such as Joe Rothwell and Tyler Blackett leaving the club for football elsewhere, experience is another loss for Warren Joyce. Bastian Schweinsteiger has been training with the U23 squad so far this season after finding himself surplus to requirements within the first team, playing for the U23’s would be beneficial for the player and the squad.

The Premier League 2 rules state that one overage goalkeeper and three overage outfield players can be part of each match squad, which is something that happened last season, and the ones before that. In the run-up to the closure of the summer transfer window in a week’s time, it is understandable that the players on the fringes of the first team had not been playing, as their fitness is something that could stop them signing for a new club this summer, whether on loan or permanently. After the closure of the summer transfer window, Joyce, and his U23 squad may see that the likes of Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo among others, may be able to maintain their match fitness by playing U23 football, which will keep them fresh and be able to show the manager what they can do, in order to win back their place, which is something the German seems intent on doing. He did this at Bayern Munich early into his career, and he feels he could do the same again.

It is also understandable as to why Mourinho has told the German that he is not in his plans, he has brought in Paul Pogba and intends to keep Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick in the squad, which gives Schweinsteiger little option other than to be a player sitting on the bench, or even in the stands each matchday. That would be a waste of a player, but it seems to be the option he currently has, which makes playing for Warren Joyce’s side as an overage player a great option. He has the chance to prove his fitness, and with that, show the Portuguese manager what he can do, which could get him back into the pecking order, however unlikely it may seem. At the same time, those playing alongside him can learn from the German, who in his career has won eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokal’s, two DFB-Ligapokal’s, two DFL-Supercup’s, one UEFA Champions League trophy, one UEFA Supercup a FIFA Club World Cup and a FIFA World Cup with Germany in 2014, which makes him a great player to learn from. Imagine how the likes of Matthew Willock, Josh Harrop, James Weir, Axel Tuanzebe, among a few, would feel being able to learn from Schweinsteiger this season, if the player wants to do that, which may well be the question.

Sir Alex Ferguson would show more respect for Bastian Schweinsteiger, says Paul Parker

Paul Parker, a former Manchester United defender has said a lot about his former club this week, comments varying about Jose Mourinho, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba and much more, some bitter, some truthful and some that give some food for thought. This time, the former defender has weighed in about the treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger after being told that he was not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans this season and him being resigned to train with the reserves. Whilst this may seem harsh, a player who has not future at the club under the new manager would not be training with the first team as he would them become an extra in something which he was not going to be part of.Paul Parker, speaking exclusively to 888Sport

Schweinsteiger is a legend of the game, but his last season, his first at the club, he was hardly a player that sealed his place in the team and avoided injury. For much of the season, he was on the sidelines, ending the season on the treatment table, but then recovered in time to represent Germany in the European Championships this summer. I remember comments at the time with many slating him for not being available to play for his club, but seemingly pulling out all of the stops to represent Germany. I do not think it was like that, injuries are not something you can always put a date on them being over by and it seemed to be the case that his recovery was timed with the Euro’s commencing.Paul Parker, speaking exclusively to 888Sport

Schweinsteiger, despite winning the FIFA World Cup two years ago, was not a player who was at the top of his game. Bayern Munich sold him, despite suggesting they did so reluctantly, they still sold him. That meant he was not actually in their plans last season. That would say a lot. When United manager Louis van Gaal signed the German, I was quite happy as it meant that United had the strongest midfield since the departure of Roy Keane more than a decade before. United had already signed Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera, which gave a decent amount of depth in the squad, also adding Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini. Paul Parker, speaking exclusively to 888Sport spoke about the treatment of Schweinsteiger, saying:

“There is no way Sir Alex would treat someone like Schweinsteiger is being treated. He would be told he can leave but treated with respect and still involved in training as long as he had the right professional attitude. Mourinho never gave Schweinsteiger the opportunity to be professional about the situation. He just said ‘You’re not in my plans so you train with the kids’. That’s great for the kids but even they will be wondering why this World Cup winner is training with them.

“You would have to say something against him or be derogatory towards Manchester United for Sir Alex to ever treat someone badly. The records show it. Then you leave very quickly like with Jaap Stam.”

Sir Alex Ferguson was no pushover. He got rid of Roy Keane and Jaap Stam, among many others for reasons such as disrespecting their teammates on MUTV and allegations made in an autobiography. Whilst the reasons may have seemed trivial at the time, it would be seen as a negative on the most watched football club in England and the media would have had a field day if nothing was done. It also showed some disrespect to the gaffer, who was not the type of guy to suffer fools gladly. The Schweinsteiger scenario is completely different. With all managers who take over clubs, some players are in their plans, others are not. That is all part and parcel of the game. Every player should know that. Whilst Schweinsteiger is a professional, he’s not the type of player Mourinho feels he should build his team around. United have the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick in midfield, all of which offer something different. Adding Schweinsteiger to that list would possibly be one too many and with his injury prone debut season, which will have gone against him, the manager made his mind up.

Many see this as something similar to the Victor Valdes scenario, who spent all of last season training with the reserves after refusing to play for them the season before, at a time where he should have been building up his fitness. This never came out until the pre-season tour of the United States of America in which Valdes was left out of the squad for. Van Gaal told the media when asked and gave his reasons as to why. Many saw red with the news and defended the goalkeeper, as in their eyes he could do nothing wrong. The same seems to be happening right now with Schweinsteiger. How do people expect him to be treated? Put him in the first team, let him train with the first team, but just not pick him for any matches. That would not be fair and much like this scenario, the media would be all over it criticising United, as that is what seems to bring in the money for them. Everyone likes to read about United, whether positive or negative. Hated, adored and never ignored.

I am sure Mourinho will have told Schweinsteiger politely, not just said you are not in my plans, you are now training with the reserves. Nothing like that will be passed onto the media, they will just get a sniff of the story and react negatively to it, as that seems to be good journalism these days. Look at Joe Hart and Yaya Toure of Manchester City, they have effectively been dropped with the former on his way out of the club, yet nothing slating the club for doing that. If United get negative press for telling a player they are not in their plans, why don’t City. Both players have achieved things with the club, more than Schweinsteiger has done for United! At the end of the day, Schweinsteiger can say he has played for Manchester United, keep his head held high about that. He is a legend of the game, but also one who is in his twilight years and deteriorating. He was a good option last season, much like Radamel Falcao was the summer before, but much like the Colombian, it just did not work out for the German.

Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Parker, including his thoughts on why this is a defining season for ‘overweight’ Rooney and whether Pogba will live up to his price-tag

Schweinsteiger saga reaches new embarrassing heights as Stefanovic suggests Mourinho should be sent to jail

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has reportedly been training with the reserves after being told that he has not future playing for the club under Jose Mourinho. This has led to a public outpour of sympathy for the player who some consider a ‘legend’ for United. Schweinsteiger was a classy player, one who could have played for many clubs in his career, but after a poor season where he literally failed to make a dent in the club’s midfield, one which he was plagued by injury, ending the season on the injury table, but becoming fit in time to represent Germany in the European Championships this summer. Schweinsteiger has said nothing in the public eye about his predicament, but his brother has. Now other people have stepped forward to defend him. Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has slammed United for their treatment of the German suggesting that this sort of thing would not happen at his club. Speaking to Bild in Germany and picked up by The Sun, Rummenigge said:

“I could hardly believe it. One or two players are going to think long and hard in future about whether they want to go to such a club. Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich.”

Thing is, it has happened at Bayern Munich. In the 2005/06 season when former Fulham manager Felix Magath, he did not feel Schweinsteiger was good enough to occupy a berth within his first team. Comments by the German midfielder at the time, said:

“On the first day I came to the training, he looked at me and said. ‘And who are you?'”

His experience in the reserves with Bayern Munich may have made him more determined, but now it should maybe make him think if his playing days are coming to an end. He has already retired from international duty with Germany this summer, perhaps his playing career is entering its twilight period where playing for a top club may no longer be possible. Schweinsteiger is a decorated player, winning eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokal trophies, a UEFA Champions League trophy and even the FIFA World Cup with Germany the year before signing for Manchester United. There have been many speaking up for the German, but one of the most pathetic is Dejan Stefanovic, a FifPro member, and former player. The Slovenian has suggested that Mourinho be sent to prison for what he is doing to the German. The Mirror reported his comments.

“It’s clear bullying. In Slovenia, we would have indicted Mourinho and asked for the highest penalty – three years in prison. This is clearly meant to discourage Bastian. Mourinho is setting a bad example. I would take it to the ordinary court. In our case, the penal code is quite clear. If there is bullying and harassment, there’s a prison sanction, a maximum of three years in prison. Schweinsteiger should turn to the Professional Footballers’ Association and he should file a complaint and I would also seek penalty for Mourinho. All the players of the first team have to train with the coaches of the first team at the same place, at the same time as all other team-mates. That’s something that should be applied to each and every club and should be written within FIFA regulations.”

The surprising thing here is that this ‘apparently’ constitutes bullying. How? Telling a player that you are not part of his plans is not bullying. It is being upfront with the player and telling him, sorry, but you are not part of my plans. Bullying is harassment, intimidation, persecution, oppression, domineer, subjugation and using superior strength in order to intimidate. Granted, Schweinsteiger may not have liked being told that he was not part of the manager’s plans, but to suggest he was being bullied – pathetic. Victor Valdes was resigned to the reserves last season, whilst there was an uproar about it, which was the start of everything against Louis van Gaal, I never once heard that he was being bullied. What we have here are people who are trying to slate the club for what they are doing.

Imagine if someone had said Sir Alex Ferguson should be sent to prison for getting rid of Roy Keane, Jaap Stam, and David Beckham, among others. Also kicking a football book at Beckham? No prison for Ferguson? This makes the matter look more pathetic than it actually is. No crime is being committed here. It goes to show how stuck in the dark ages Slovenia is if you can be indicted for telling a player they are not part of your plans, having them train with the reserve team. I mean how preposterous does that actually sound? I think Schweinsteiger may need to look long and hard at himself now. He is not part of the plans going forward and if he does not want to train with the reserves, perhaps he should find a club that will allow him to play to the level he feels he can play, then if that doesn’t go to plan, perhaps he should think about calling it a day.

Last season when Schweinsteiger was playing, there were many moans from Manchester United supporters about his sluggishness and incompetence on the pitch. Now the same people are the ones who are playing the victim card for the player, all because Manchester United do not need passengers this season. Don’t get me wrong, Schweinsteiger was a great player in his time, but recently he does not have much to offer. For Germany, he did score a goal in the group stages of the European Championships, seconds after coming on with the match in the dying stages. That does not mean he can play 90 minutes week-in, week-out? Maybe the player should think about what he has been told by Mourinho, show respect for that decision instead of letting all and sundry make him look like an embarrassment, which is the level this is now heading to. Prison? Really?

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