Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has labelled Jose Mourinho’s decision to demote Bastian Schweinsteiger to the reserves as hard to understand.
The 32-year-old came to Old Trafford last summer and was largely inhibited by a persistent string of injuries, restricting the German to just 18 Premier League appearances in his first season.
Schweinsteiger has been ostracised from the first-team ever since Mourinho arrived at the club and is likely to leave after the 53-year-old made it clear the German was not part of his plans for this season.
Neuer, who won eight major honours alongside Schweinsteiger at Bayern, has criticised Mourinho’s decision to ostracise his former teammate.
“Basti is a super player,” he said.
“He’s an important man with a lot of experience who is very important for the team, so I just can’t understand this decision.”
Amid the hysteria of Paul Pogba’s arrival, Manchester United’s marquee signing of last summer – a man with 17 major honours to his name – has been all but forgotten.
And yet, it is no surprise that the Mourinho revolution has left him behind: with Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and, of course, the Special One now under the same roof, Man United have suddenly carved out a new identity – a rip-roaring image of arrogance and power, which simply has no room for Schweinsteiger, who, despite his admirable style, simply doesn’t possess that necessary streak of boisterousness that Mourinho demands of a midfielder.