'Punish them!' - Bastian Schweinsteiger urged to 'make Manchester United pay' for his exile
Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has urged Bastian Schweinsteiger to ‘make the people in Manchester pay until his last day’ after he was exiled by manager Jose Mourinho this season.
The United boss made it clear to Schweinsteiger that he would not be part of his plans for this season last July, yet the German World Cup winner failed to find a new club ahead of the transfer deadline in August and has remained on the outside of the Mourinho’s set-up despite a shaky start to the season.
Schweinsteiger has been training with the United first team players once more in recent weeks and was on the bench for Saturday’s Premier League game against West Ham, yet a return to regular action seems unlikely and Hoeness has echoed the views of many German observers shocked by the treatment of one of their great players with these comments.
“If I were him, I would make the people in Manchester pay until his last day,” Hoeness was quoted by ESPN.
“That’s what this club deserves for what they’ve done to him. They should be punished.”
Schweinsteiger has been linked with a move to America’s MLS, but Hoeness suggests a farewell game at his former club Bayern Munich and retirement would be a better option for the 32-year-old.
“From what I have heard, Basti’s on his way out of football. I know him well and I doubt he’s still got the fire left in him for one final major challenge,” he added.
“After such a brilliant career, a player like him shouldn’t see out his career in a place like America. For me, America simply isn’t an alternative for a player of his calibre.
“As far as I know, he’s committed to a massive farewell game at Bayern. I would do that, but then I would retire.”
Schweinsteiger has made no public comments on his exclusion from United’s plans this season, but he has continued to post positive messages on his social media channels in the last few months.
Chicago Fire are among the MLS clubs believed to be in talks to sign Schweinsteiger, who has a contract that will run until the summer of 2018.