Reports emerged on Monday afternoon that Bastian Schweinsteiger had his locker cleared out at Carrington and moved to the U21s dressing room.
The Daily Mail said Schweinsteiger was not in his plans for next season and that an exit loomed for the midfielder who turned 32 today.
Those reports look to have been all but confirmed by his brother Tobi Schweinsteiger following a not-so-cryptic tweet he sent out on Monday evening. It simply read: “No respect.”
The writing may well have been on the wall for Schweinsteiger ever since Michael Carrick signed a contract and as the German veteran was left out of the squad which travelled to Sweden to play Galatasaray, Mourinho has frozen him out of his plans.
Now, what to make of all this? I remember last season we heard stories that senior United players weren’t happy at Schweinsteiger’s decision to fly in and out of Manchester for every game when he was injured, rather than staying and supporting his teammates. Make of that what you will but Schweinsteiger’s time at United has hardly been blockbuster has it?
As for being banished to the reserves dressing room, that’s a real lack of respect but Mourinho has a ruthless streak in him. If a player isn’t in his plans, he’ll cut them off. He did it at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Porto and it looks like he’s doing it with United.
It really wouldn’t surprise me if Schweinsteiger does leave because his first year was so underwhelming but I do hope it will be an amicable exit if he were to leave, rather than out of the back door.