Bastian Schweinsteiger’s season looks to be over after he picked up a knee ligament injury while training with Germany this week and there is a question mark over the veteran’s future at Manchester United given that he has barely featured for the club since the turn of the year.
Even prior to his injury troubles, supporters had been a tad underwhelmed by Schweinsteiger’s displays given his reputation in world football following a highly successful period with Bayern Munich and Germany.
There is undoubtedly an air of uncertainty surrounding Schweinsteiger but he will be encouraged by Man United’s rumoured pursuit of Jose Mourinho. Back in 2014, prior to Germany’s World Cup win, in which Schweinsteiger played a huge role, the Portuguese was full of praise for him.
“My instinct as a coach is that the best Germany is when Schweinsteiger gives the stability that the team needs in midfield,” Mourinho said.
Mourinho certainly has a history of building teams around strong midfielders; Michael Essien and Nemanja Matic immediately spring to mind.
United, too, have a history of dominant midfield players, with the likes of Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes all establishing themselves as world-class players during their time at Old Trafford.
Supporters thought that Schweinsteiger would be the next in that list and, while he has attracted some criticism, his class and experience is there for all to see. Under Mourinho, Schweinsteiger may well enjoy a new lease of life at United.