Bayern Munich and Holland winger Arjen Robben has come out in support of Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s decision to swap Manchester United for Chicago Fire earlier this month, noting that the move didn’t work out for the German.
Schweinsteiger endured an injury-hit first season at Old Trafford, making just 18 Premier League appearances under Louis van Gaal before being consigned to the reserves by Jose Mourinho.
The 32-year-old completed a move to MLS side Chicago Fire last week having made just one start all season under the Portuguese.
And Robben, speaking in an interview Sky Sports, was quick to support his former teammate’s decision to leave Old Trafford.
Will we remember Schweinsteiger’s time at United as a ‘what might have been’ kind of tale? His arrival, after all, generated more excitement than any other acquisition made by Van Gaal in 2015; the World Cup winner seemingly guaranteed an element of poise and class in midfield, but such prowess only emerged on a sporadic basis.
Or is it better to view the German’s spell at Old Trafford as a ‘wrong place, wrong time’ story? Van Gaal clearly had a plan for the midfielder ahead of the 2015/16 campaign but – along with pretty much else over those nine months – it never materialised in any meaningful way. And by the time Mourinho arrived with a fresh set of ideas, Schweinsteiger had the semblance of an injury-prone relic of a failed past era.
With this in mind, remaining at United as a misfit – a truly loveable misfit, I must add – would have made no sense at all.