Saturday 16 December 2017

'No respect' - Jose Mourinho under fire over demotion of Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger was ousted by Jose Mourinho
Bastian Schweinsteiger was ousted by Jose Mourinho

James Ducker

The brother of Bastian Schweinsteiger appeared to accuse Jose Mourinho of a lack of respect yesterday after it emerged that the World Cup-winning Germany midfielder had been banished from Manchester United's first-team dressing room by the club's new manager.

Mourinho told Schweinsteiger last week that he did not figure in his plans and was free to find another club this summer. The former Bayern Munich player is likely to be the most high-profile casualty of the Portuguese's extensive clear-out as he paves the way for Paul Pogba's anticipated arrival.

But the situation has now taken a more dramatic turn with Schweinsteiger forced to relocate to the reserve team's dressing room, a huge embarrassment for the midfielder, who turned 32 yesterday, and the clearest sign yet of Mourinho's uncompromising decision-making.

Despite his demotion, the German will not face the ignominy of being asked to turn out for United's U-21 team against Oldham in the Lancashire Senior Cup today.

The news threatens to lead to an acrimonious end to Schweinsteiger's short stay.

The move has echoes of Louis van Gaal's decision to banish goalkeeper Victor Valdes to United's reserves last season and seemed to be met with dismay by Schweinsteiger's brother, Tobi, who appeared to be targeting Mourinho when the recently retired footballer - now coach of Bayern's U-17 side - cryptically tweeted: "No respect".

It followed an earlier tweet in which Tobi quoted a tweet from the German national team in which they marked the United midfielder's birthday by posting a list of the all-time leading appearance-makers in major tournaments.

Schweinsteiger was first, with 38 appearances in World Cup and European Championship finals, one more than compatriot Miroslav Klose. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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