Bastian Schweinsteiger warned to 'stop watching his wife play tennis' by United team-mates
Published 25/08/2016 | 10:47
Manchester United players reportedly warned Bastian Schweinsteiger to stop watching his wife play tennis and train while the German returned from injury last season.
The 32-year-old was pictured on several occasions offering moral support to now-wife Ana Ivanovic while his team-mates laboured to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League under former manager and close-ally Louis van Gaal.
Schweinsteiger’s future at Old Trafford was already being called into question before Van Gaal was unceremoniously sacked days after the FA Cup triumph in May before new manager Jose Mourinho decided to cut the former Bayern Munich midfielder adrift.
According to the Daily Mail, several United regulars reacted “furiously” to Schweinsteiger’s globe-trotting habits and addressed him directly, telling the retired Germany international to return to England and set an example to the club’s younger players.
Schweinsteiger was pictured following Serbian star Ivanovic, 28, in Miami and Madrid as United struggled to secure Champions League football, a feat which ultimately proved to be beyond Van Gaal’s men last season.
The Kolbermoor-born midfielder released a statement yesterday (Wednesday) revealing that he has no intention of joining another club in Europe if indeed he is forced out of Old Trafford by Mourinho.
“MUFC will be my last club in Europe. 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,” he said in a post on social media.
“This is all I can say about my current situation. I want to thank the fans for their amazing support over the recent weeks.”
Independent News Service