When Bastian Schweinsteiger signed for Manchester United in the Louis Van Gaal era at the twilight of his career, the hype, hoopla and expectations were sky high for the Germany International veteran. But, things didn’t turn out as expected, especially under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Instead of a classy paperback novel, it ended up like a tasteless, gory Horror flick as Mourinho snubbed Schweinsteiger repeatedly. Furore of Mourinho showing ‘disrespect’ to Schweinsteiger was on high pitch amidst speculations of Schweinsteiger’s departure to the potential suitors.
However, United’s comfortable 4-1 victory over West Ham as the sides met in EFL, saw Schweinsteiger being back on the pitch at the dying moments of the game. Rui Faria brought him on at 86th minute, subbing off Anthony Martial. Old Trafford erupted in bustle as Schweinsteiger made his first United appearance since March. Early Christmas present to Red Devils’ fans? Maybe.
Whether the rejuvenated United career of Schweinsteiger is a tearjerker like John Lewis’ Christmas ad or cool like Antoine Griezmann’s Deo advert- serious debate session can be put up with United fans. Mourinho has said today in his pre-Everton press conference that Schweinsteiger can stay at the club and can certainly help.
On questions about Schweinsteiger’s future at Old Trafford, Mourinho replied: “Everybody was happy as when he was not training with the team he did it with a professional way. He was struggling, because it is not easy, but he managed to do that without getting injured. He was continually working for a month, so we saw this as a good opportunity for him to play a little bit… He is one who can help us.”
Mourinho added that Schweinsteiger can contribute to the cause of the team. The manager said: “Of course he can help. When you have a contract with the club you are the powerful one – you can decide your future. In the summer we tried to make something happen for Bastian to get a different future, but he was the powerful one and decided to stay, even in difficult cicrumstances. He worked for that and deserved the happiness of the last match… I like people who are determined.”
Mourinho had a word or two of praise for the 32 year old midfielder. The portuguese said: “On Wednesday with both Pogba and Fellaini suspended we needed options and he was ready.”
“He was so happy the other day, I like people with determination.”
Are the tables turning? The Chicago Fire rumours were just heating up. The German midfielder, who was mostly been at the sidelines, recently found himself in the 19 man squad against West Ham. Incredible turnaround.