Michael Ballack: Bastian Schweinsteiger deserves better than Man United treatment

by Abhishek Chaudhuri

Germany legend Michael Ballack feels fellow compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger deserves a more respectable end to his career.

Schweinsteiger, who was brought in to Manchester United last summer by Louis van Gaal, has been frozen out by current boss Jose Mourinho ever since he took over from the Dutchman.

The World Cup winner currently trains away from the first-team and reserves and has no prospects of being in the first-team after the Portuguese made it clear the 32-year old doesn’t feature in his plans at Man United.

Ballack, who played under Mourinho during their time together at Chelsea, has said in a recent interview that Mourinho always regarded the German powerhouse.

He said: “Jose Mourinho always spoke really highly of Bastian, he really respected him as a person and a player but as a coach you have to make decisions.

“He made his decision and of course it’s hard for Bastian to accept because he’s a great player with a fantastic history for himself and a nice person.

“They respect each other, but he’s the boss and has to make decisions like that.

“I hope for Bastian that he finds his place in that team.

“If not, hopefully he makes a quick decision over his future because he deserves a better end to his career than being on the bench.”

The United boss tried to offload the 32-year old during the transfer window but potential moves fell by the wayside for one reason or another. Since then, Schweinsteiger has disappeared into the background at United.

Despite Mourinho’s clear message about the midfielder not having any future at the club, the German still remains adamant to fight for a place in the first-team – even if the chance of him playing is so slim.

At 32, Schweinsteiger remains one of the most decorated players in German football and is widely respected by players and fans alike. However his current situation at the club doesn’t seem to be a fitting end to such an illustrious career, and we can all hope for a solution that is respectable for both Schweinsteiger and United.

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