Saturday 16 December 2017

Bastian Schweinsteiger may have Manchester United future after all as Mourinho hands German lifeline

Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been names in Manchester United's squad for the Premier League season despite being told he has no future at the club.

With five established central midfielders in his squad, Mourinho has made it clear - both publicly and privately - that the German is surplus to requirements.

The German has repeatedly insisted that he wants to stay at Old Trafford and Mourinho was reportedly angered by his refusal to engage in any contract talks with other clubs.

However, the United boss today named Schweinsteiger as one of his 17 non-home based players for the coming season.

“My wish would be to continue playing for Manchester United,” Schweinsteiger said ahead of the recent friendly in Monchengladbach.

"I had a good conversation with Mourinho and have no problems with him. We must see how it goes.

“One thing is for sure: I'm not going to stop playing football,” he added. “I still believe in my own ability. I could still help Manchester United if given the chance.”

Mourinho has insisted that it will be "very difficult" for Schweinsteiger to break back into his first-team plans this season.

"We have a decision completely made about (Paul) Pogba, (Ander) Herrera, (Morgan) Schneiderlin, (Marouane) Fellaini and Michael Carrick (Schweinsteiger's fellow central midfielders)," he said last Friday.

"We have five players for two positions. It's very difficult that an opportunity will arrive."

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