Bastian Schweinsteiger set to stay at Manchester United this summer – report

by Tanveer Arayan

Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to stay at Manchester United, despite being demoted to the reserves by Jose Mourinho, according to reports.

Mourinho immediately omitted the German from the squad upon his arrival, and has made it clear that the midfielder is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

The 32-year-old has been reportedly subject to interest from various Premier League clubs, although most are reluctant to match the German’s lofty wage demands.

As a result, Schweinsteiger will continue to fight for his place at Man United.

Amid the hysteria generated by the new dawn at Old Trafford, headlined by Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho, Schweinsteiger has been effectively etched from the minds of United fans. The marquee signing of last summer now cuts an incongruous figure.

His style – which places emphasis on a steady, strategic manipulation of space in the middle of the park – doesn’t align with Mourinho’s conception of a midfielder, which is personified most pertinently by the likes of Fellaini and Pogba: strong, bold, powerful midfielders who work tirelessly and impose themselves.

And while the German would undoubtedly offer a unique dynamic off the bench, alongside a capacity to act as a mentor for youngsters, it is unlikely Mourinho – emphatic in his ostracising of Schweinsteiger – will bring the 32-year-old back into the fold any time soon.

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