Bastian Schweinsteiger was spotted at Old Trafford for Manchester United’s League Cup tie with Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The German has been consigned to the reserves since Jose Mourinho’s arrival in June, with the 53-year-old making it clear that he wasn’t part of his plans at Man United.
Schweinsteiger, despite being ostracised since day one under Mourinho, was at Old Trafford to lend his support for the home side.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) October 26, 2016
Watching United’s humiliation against Chelsea, a defeat hallmarked by instability in every sector of Mourinho’s system, one couldn’t help but wonder what Schweinsteiger would have brought to the encounter.
His spell on the sidelines has extended to the point that United fans might have forgotten the 32-year-old’s sheer prowess on the ball. That seemingly effortless, typically Schweinsteiger-esque way of controlling proceedings from the middle of the park is something that could benefit any team.
The grim reality, however, is that United fans – so enamoured with the German upon his arrival in August 2015 – will never see him feature in a red shirt again, with Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Schneiderlin all ahead of Schweinsteiger in the pecking order.