Sunday 20 August 2017

Bastian Schweinsteiger reveals a conversation with Jose Mourinho got him back in the Manchester United first-team

Bastian Schweinsteiger speaks with Jose Mourinho
Bastian Schweinsteiger speaks with Jose Mourinho

Jack O'Toole

Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that a conversation with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho got him back in the United first-team setup after he spent the first three months of this season in exile.

Now at the Chicago Fire in the MLS, Schweinsteiger told the New York Times on Tuesday that a conversation with Mourinho eventually led to the Portuguese boss reinstating the German World Cup winner in the United first-team, with Schweinsteiger making his season debut against West Ham in November.

"The manager came to speak to me," said Schweinsteiger.

"He told me something—it is not my job to say what that was—and then I was training with the first team. My dream came true."

The former Bayern Munich captain said that his exile at the start of the season, where he often had to train with the reserve and U21 sides, was a character test, and a period that he actually enjoyed, contrary to popular belief.

"I'm not really a negative thinker. It was a character test, that's all," added the ex-Germany captain of his time on the fringes at United.

"Even when I was training alone, just me and one of United's fitness coaches, I loved going onto the field, doing sprints, being at the training ground.

“I never doubted my quality. Let me show my quality, and I will get results."

Schweinsteiger signed a one-year deal with the Fire last week with an option for a further year in the contract if exercised.

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