Bastian Schweinsteiger was notably pleased to join his teammates at Manchester United’s UNICEF event on Monday night.
The German hasn’t featured once this season after being banished from the first-team upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival in June.
However, pictures emerged yesterday showing Schweinsteiger – after four months of complete anonymity – training with the first-team squad.
The 32-year-old, following his rare opportunity to train with the first-team, was in good spirits during Man United’s UNICEF event.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) November 1, 2016
In a season hallmarked by unpredictability, Schweinsteiger’s sudden reintroduction into the first-team fold serves as the latest – and perhaps biggest – surprise.
His reinstatement could be tantamount with Mourinho holding his hands up and admitting that, actually, he got this one wrong. Perhaps he is there to galvanise a confidence sapped squad, to put an arm around various players and point them in the right direction.
Maybe Mourinho, through reincorporating Schnweinsteiger, is altering the style of this side, placing emphasis on exerting a greater level of conviction and assuredness on the ball. The draw with Burnley, a result underpinned by a lack of psychological conviction in the final third, may have tempted Mourinho into throwing Schnweisteiger – a man accustomed to high octane situations – into the mix.