It has been claimed by Bild that Jose Mourinho is not the one who wants to exclude Bastian Schweinsteiger from the first-team squad, with the Manchester United board serving as the ones responsible for the German’s demotion to the reserves.
Schweinsteiger, who only managed 18 Premier League appearances in an injury-hit first campaign last year, was removed from the first team squad upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival, making room for Paul Pogba.
The 32-year-old made an official statement earlier this week, pledging his allegiance to Man United and thanking fans for their messages of support, causing some to criticise Mourinho for his treatment of the World Cup winner.
However, according to German newspaper Bild, Mourinho’s superiors are behind the ostracising of Schweinsteiger, and not the 53-year-old himself.
United fans ought to treat this revelation with caution: after all, Mourinho did openly declare that, after careful consideration of the players available, Schweinsteiger didn’t merit a place in his 26-man squad.
And whilst Schweinsteiger is undoubtedly blessed with some excellent qualities, it isn’t hard to see why Mourinho has left the German behind: the Portuguese has always placed emphasis on grit, power, strength and energy in central midfield, personified by his use of Claude Makelele during his first spell at Chelsea.
Try as he might, Schweinsteiger simply doesn’t fit in this current system, and his demotion to the reserves is a by-product of Mourinho’s ruthless opening few months at Old Trafford.