Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has heaped praise on Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s attitude at Manchester United this season.
Schweinsteiger was initially consigned to a mixture of training either on his own or with the reserves back in the summer, with Jose Mourinho insisting that the German wasn’t part of his plans for the 2016/17 season.
The German managed to forge his way back into the senior squad back in November and made his first start of the season during a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic last weekend – a game in which he scored.
And Wright, speaking to the BBC, noted that the 32-year-old deserves more credit for his work ethic at Man United this season.
“People talk so highly of him because he is also imparting his experience to the kids and talking to them and inspiring them. The way that he has conducted himself – and we’re talking about a World Cup winner and has played at a high level from a young age – staying there and going in professionally to the point where Jose Mourinho has to bring him back in.
“We don’t hear enough of that.”
Schweinsteiger has set a superb example for any footballer out there being ostracised from their side’s first team.
Most players with World Cup and Champions League medals sitting proudly at home would immediately seek a move elsewhere if they were consigned to training with the reserves, but the German didn’t cave in: he worked hard, earned his place in the first team, and when his chance to impress came he grabbed it with both hands.