Photo: Bastian Schweinsteiger working hard in training with Man United’s first team

by Leo Nieboer

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been pictured working hard at Carrington with the Manchester United first-team ahead of their clash with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

The German was immediately exiled from the first-team upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival in June, with the 53-year-old declaring the midfielder as not part of his plans prior to the 2016/17 campaign.

Schweinsteiger was recently recalled to the first-team in order to supplement passing drills.

The 32-year-old was pictured in good spirits at Carrington earlier today.

Schweinsteiger’s position at Old Trafford, despite his reintroduction to the first-team, remains in precarious territory. Mourinho made it clear that his presence in the first team doesn’t heighten his chances of securing minutes in the first-team, with Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and even Timothy Fosu-Mensah ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.

Continued reports of move overseas only heightens the ambiguity of Schweinsteiger’s situation: the German was pictured having dinner in Hale with Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunović ahead of a possible move across the pond.

Man United fans will be curious to see whether the midfielder’s constant presence in first-team training tempts Mourinho into giving him a chance to impress this season.

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