Thursday 8 December 2016

Man United's latest accounts show they've made a brutal decision on Bastian Schweinsteiger's future

Published 12/09/2016 | 13:20

Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger is out in the cold
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger is out in the cold

Bastian Schweinsteiger is no longer considered to be a member of the Manchester United first team squad and the club have savagely announced that they are writing off a £6.7m investment in the German World Cup winner as a result.

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New United manager Jose Mourinho made the decision to cull veteran midfielder Schweinsteiger from his squad when he replaced Louis van Gaal last June, with his fall from grace now complete.

United’s latest accounts confirm that money has been set aside to write off the final year of Schweinsteiger’s contract, with the 32-year-old training away from the first team at the club’s Carrington training base.

While he continues to be paid by United and was included in the club’s squad list for the Premier League season, Schweinsteiger looks certain to play no further role at the club after Mourinho admitted it would be ‘very difficult’ for him to force his way back into his plans.

Despite his exile, Schweinsteiger has suggested he is determined to prove Mourinho wrong and play for United again before his contract expires next summer.

“MUFC will be my last club in Europe,” Schweinsteiger wrote on his social media page last month.

“I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich. I will be ready, if the team needs me.

“This is all I can say about the current situation. I want to thank the fans for the amazing support over the recent weeks.”

Schweinsteiger is believed to have turned down offers to leave United in this summer’s transfer window, but his somewhat embarrassing plight at the Manchester club may force him to make a move in the January transfer window.

There may now even be a case for the club and the player to cancel his contract and allow him to make a move outside of the transfer window.

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