Schurrle could not break into Mourinho’s team at Chelsea and moved to Wolfsburg after just one and a half seasons at the club. Similarly, Schweinstieger has struggled to adapt fully to the rigours of the Premier League.
The 25-year-old Schurrle was speaking after Schweinstieger landed the second goal in Germany’s win over Ukraine in their opening Group C game at Euro 2016.
He said: “I think he will have time to show his class, I hope so. I don’t know what Mourinho’s plans are at United but I hope so because he’s a great player.
“It’s not that easy to come from the Bundesliga into the Premier League, it’s something different. It’s not an easy way to play football and it was not easy for him when he came with the injuries.
“It was a hard year for him. When he’s fit, when he’s the leader he wants to be, he makes every team better.”
The German captain was riddled with injuries during his first year with United but has recently declared himself fully fit and “feeling good”. This was evident as he made his way up the field to knock home Mesut Ozil’s pass to him for Germany’s second and game-ending goal against Ukraine last weekend.
There is plenty of speculation surrounding Mourinho and who he wants to keep at Old Trafford. It seems everybody and nobody is safe at the moment with little indication either way regarding his plans.
What is certain is that Mourinho will play his favoured 4-2-3-1 tactic and he needs a central midfielder like Schweinstieger to ensure his back four are protected and the ball is moved quickly and carefully from back to front when United attack next season.
Is Schweinstieger that man? Andre Schurrle certainly thinks he can be.