Man City star Ilkay Gundogan questions Jose Mourinho's treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has accused Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho of treating exiled midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger with disrespect.
Mourinho made it clear to veteran World Cup winner Schweinsteiger that he was not part of his plans for this season when he took over as United boss last summer, in a ruthless move that cemented the new manager's authority at the club.
Schweinsteiger appears to have reacted to the decision to exclude him from the first team set-up in a professional manner and has continued to support his team-mates on his social media channels.
Yet there has been some surprise in Germany to Schweinsteiger's fall from grace at United, with the national legend earning support from a player now playing for United's local rivals.
If everything you hear and read is true, you can consider it disrespectful," City midfielder Gundogan said of his compatriot.
"He's not just some player and also not only 18 or 19. I believe that Manchester United could 100 percent benefit from a fit Bastian Schweinsteiger."
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has also expressed his regret for his former Germany team-mate, as he spoke about Schwiensteiger's plight in an interview with Kicker magazine.
“It’s bad luck for him that he joined a club that has again changed its manager, and that the new manager does not want him," said the 2014 World Cup winner.
“It can happen to you at any time in this business. It’s a bit perverse, but Basti signed a good contract and he knew where he was going.
“He just had bad luck with the way it worked out. He will draw his conclusions and I wish him all the best.”