Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is keen to see more action at Euro 2016 and is finally fit after an injury-plagued debut season at Manchester United.
The 31-year-old scored a goal off the bench in Germany’s first game against Ukraine but has failed to break into Joachim Low’s starting team, despite his impressive performances as they celebrated a 3-0 victory over Slovakia in their last 16 clash on Sunday night.
He insists he is not yet match sharp but will be ready if called upon by Low.
“Of course, I could have played more against Northern Ireland or the other games, but it’s the decision of the coach [Joachim Low],” he said.
“I feel good, healthy and fit. You have to remember that I didn’t play for many weeks, my rhythm is not quite perfect.”
Despite the fact that he has not started a game at the Euros, Schweinstieger’s inclusion in Lows’s squad, his goal against Ukraine and decent cameos will come as a nice surprise to United fans who may have feared he was approaching the end of his career at Old Trafford.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder joined from the German club last season and started United’s campaign well before suffering two significant knee injuries that ruled him out for the second half of the season.
Schweinstieger might be perfect in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 at the base of midfield provided the Portuguese manager finds a suitable candidate to play beside him. He will also have to prove his fitness when United get together in a couple of weeks for their first preseason under the new boss.
If he can prove his match-fitness, Bastian could become one of Mourinho trusted lieutenants, but if he can’t there are no guarantees he’ll be playing at Old Trafford next season.