Monday 25 September 2017

Bastian Schweinsteiger brought in from the cold by Jose Mourinho for first Man United start in 386 days

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United in action during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford on January 7, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United in action during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford on January 7, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Simon Peach

Bastian Schweinsteiger returned from the cold on Sunday as Jose Mourinho gave the midfielder his first Manchester United start in 386 days.

The 32-year-old's Old Trafford career looked to be over when frozen out by the United boss, with the club even writing him off as an asset in their accounts.

However, Schweinsteiger returned to first-team training at the end of October and, having made two substitute appearances, has been rewarded with a starting role against FA Cup fourth-round tie against Wigan.

The former Germany captain's first start since January 9 last year is one of nine changes, including left-back Luke Shaw making his first appearance since November 30.

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