Saturday 18 January 2020

Bastian Schweinsteiger proves his class with dignified Manchester United message

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

Callum Davis

Bastian Schweinsteiger has taken his banishment from the Manchester United dressing room remarkably well.

The German World Cup winner appears to have no future at Manchester United following the arrival of Paul Pogba for a world record fee.

As reported by James Ducker earlier this month, Schweinstieger has been told by Jose Mourinho that he does not figure in the new United manager's plans and has been told he can find another club.

And Schweinsteiger suffered further ignominy when he was forced to relocate to the reserve team’s dressing room earlier this month.

Bastian Schweinsteiger's brother, Tobias, appeared to vent his frustration at Mourinho's treatment of his sibling with a tweet containing the words 'no respect.'

Despite his brother's frustration, Schweinsteiger has accepted his predicament with remarkable dignity.

While Schweinsteiger himself has every right to feel hard done by, the 32-year-old has demonstrated an admirable class.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was left at home as Manchester United kicked off their Premier League campaign with an impressive 3-1 victory at Bournemouth.

Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney handed Jose Mourinho a winning start to life in the Premier League for Manchester United and Schweinsteiger was quick to congratulate the team.

The former Bayern Munich man was quick to congratulate his Manchester United team mates after their 2-1 victory over Leicester City secured the club's first silverware under Jose Mourinho.

Schweinsteiger played no part in Manchester United's victory at Wembley and was left out entirely from Jose Mourinho's match-day 23.

And ahead of Manchester United's Premier League opener against Bournemouth, the ostracised midfielder made sure he tweeted his support for his United team mates.

Inter Milan manager Dejan Stefanovic apologised after he previously suggested Jose Mourinho should be sent to prison for his treatment of Schweinsteiger.

Stefanovic, a world players' union member, accused Mourinho of 'bullying' the 32-year-old.

The League Managers' Association said the comments were "totally inappropriate" and  that added Stefanovic "has since apologised to Mr Mourinho".

Schweinsteiger arrived at Manchester United for £6m in 2015, however his first team opportunities have been few and far between.

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