Paul Scholes urges Jose Mourinho to play Bastian Schweinsteiger at Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has urged Jose Mourinho to give Bastian Schweinsteiger a chance at Manchester United.

Schweinsteiger was instantly consigned to the reserves by Mourinho, who insisted the German was not part of his plans at Old Trafford.

But despite being cast into anonymity, the 32-year-old has pledged his a dedication to the cause at the Theatre of Dreams, insisting Man United would be the last European club he plays for.

Scholes, speaking earlier this week, believes Mourinho should give Schweinsteiger a chance in the first-team.

“Schweinsteiger must have something to offer the team,” he said.

“He’s got, what, 130 caps for Germany? Great experience to have around.”

The German currently sits behind, well, every other senior midfielder in the pecking order at United: Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin, and even the likes of Wayne Rooney or Timothy Fosu-Mensah. For all his immense quality on the ball, Schweinsteiger’s style lacks the chutzpah that Mourinho demands of a midfielder.

The 53-year-old has always placed emphasis on steely, powerhouse midfielders, and Schweinsteiger simply doesn’t fit this mould. That said, his presence in the first team dressing room, especially with the side’s mental solidity coming under fire, could prove to be important.

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