Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger breaks European Championship record

by Robbie Dunne

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has appeared in a record-breaking 15 games for Germany in the European Championships.

The 31-year-old has surpassed former teammate Philipp Lahm, who played in 14 games for his country at the Euros, when he came off the bench during his side’s 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

He was a surprise inclusion in Joachim Loew’s squad ahead of the Euros due to his injury-plagued debut season at Man United which kept him out of action for much of the year. However, he proved the doubters wrong when he landed Germany’s second goal against Ukraine in their first outing at the competition.

Schweinsteiger is set for talks with Jose Mourinho once the Euros end and his long-term future at Old Trafford remains uncertain. The Portuguese manager is looking to allegedly clear the squad of dead weight in the coming months and it remains to be seen how he views the German in his plans.

Mourinho plays a 4-2-3-1 tactic with two holding midfielders protecting his back four and goalkeeper, if Bastian is able to remain fit he may feature as a ball-playing midfielder and could feature in games where United are expected to hold possession of the ball.

Bastian signed a two year deal at the club last summer but might be inclined to move to another club as he enters the latter stages of his career should his role be diminished too much.

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