Bastian Schweinsteiger is BACK in Manchester United’s first team
Posted by Matthew Jones | Published on October 31, 2016
World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger has returned to Manchester United’s first team training, after being dropped from the squad at the start of the season.
Since the appointment of Jose Mourinho this summer, the former Germany captain has been isolated from his teammates and forced to train alone or with the Under-23 squad since the start of the 2016/17 season.
You would think the Manchester United squad would have to be world-class to leave out a player with eight league titles, a Champions League and a World Cup to his name – however this player is clearly below the standards of a Europa League team currently sitting below Watford in the Premier League.
On 13 July 2015, Manchester United completed the transfer of Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich on a three-year contract for a fee of £6.5 million. At the time, Schweinsteiger was the first German to ever feature in the Manchester United first team. On 28 November he scored his first Manchester United goal, equalising against the 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City.
On 3 September 2016, Bastian was emitted from Manchester United’s Europa League squad – later being dropped from the Manchester United first-team.
However things are looking up for the central midfielder, as he rejoins Manchester United first-team training today, which is a “great boost” according to Luke Shaw:
“It is great to see him back. It is a great boost for us, the experience and the quality that he brings,”
“The quality he possesses is a boost for our team and I am so glad to have him back.
“We found out the news a couple of days ago and it is so great to have him back. He is a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself.”
It would be a nice touch for football if the German hero could finally settle in England, and cement a place in the Manchester United first-team squad. It would be sad for a player of his experience and calibre to rot in the reserves – which would be following a similar path to former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.