Mourinho flatly declared that Schweinsteiger was not part of his plans for the 2016/17 campaign, and has consigned the World Cup winner to training with the reserves.
It was reported earlier this month that several Premier League clubs were interested in securing the German’s signature once it became clear that his time in the United first team was coming to an end.
However, Schweinsteiger has made the bold decision to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place in the first team.
The 32-year-old’s determination to remain at United is admirable, but how often he will feature this season remains to be seen. For one thing, he is simply not a Mourinho player: the 53-year-old has always had a preference for steely, energetic powerhouses that charge around the pitch with a constant snarl – Dejan Stankovic at Inter Milan, Claude Makelele and Nemanja Matic at Chelsea. There is a trend.
Schweinsteiger simply doesn’t fit the mould in this current Mourinho system. He may have some outstanding qualities, but his lack of speed, strength and running power precludes him from making an impact on this current squad.