Manchester United fans have reacted in their numbers to an official statement released by Bastian Schweinsteiger, expressing support for the midfielder.
The German has been demoted to the reserves by Jose Mourinho, who has made it clear that Schweinsteiger is not part of his plans for the upcoming season.
In an official statement, released earlier today, Schweinsteiger pledged his allegiance to Man United, stating: “I will be ready, if my team needs me.”
United fans were quick to express their views on the entire situation, offering support for the ostracised 32-year-old.
Even if you don't rate Bastian Schweinsteiger, he is an absolute legend of football and the way he loves and respects United is amazing.
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) August 24, 2016
No criticism of Mourinho, he has right to pick who he wants. But Schweinsteiger seems to have handled difficult situation very well. Classy.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) August 24, 2016
Respect Bastian Schweinsteiger thank you legend bastian 😢 #BS31
— Surya !! (@Soerya_Hary) August 24, 2016
Schweinsteiger’s lack of speed and power has precluded any chance of breaking into a Mourinho system that requires a high tempo in order to function. After just one year, the German has been consigned to the backwaters at Old Trafford.
That said, the German can still offer something invaluable, even though his chances on the pitch will be restricted: he is, after all, a World Cup winner, a Champions League winner, the winner of 18 major honours. Such wisdom and experience – visibly dispensed to the likes of Luke Shaw, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial – would be invaluable for a side bursting with young talent.
He won’t be a fundamental character on the pitch under Mourinho, but he could be a fundamental character in the dressing room.