The German international was believed to be on his way out of the club this window, but released an official statement claiming Man United would be the last European club he’d play for.
His future at Old Trafford was under heavy speculation after he had allegedly been told to train with Man United’s reserves, but Mourinho has revealed in his press conference ahead of the Premier League fixture against Hull City that he could still play a role at the club.
“I think it’s very difficult to happen. I’m not saying it’s impossible,” he said.
“I’m saying its very difficult because we have made a decision made about Pogba, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Fellaini and Carrick, we have five players for two positions, so it’s very difficult for an opportunity to arise.
“I cannot answer for him. It’s his life, his career, he has a contract with Man United. He has a right to make that decision and stay, so that’s not a problem for us.
“Football is made of decisions. I did that all my career. Not just me, everyone does, but some players react in a different way.
“To be honest, Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave his last statement, which he is completely free to make, in an objective way, like he did.
“I thought, when I read some quotes from people at Bayern Munich, they would run to Manchester to bring him back, but no, that didn’t happen. I’m quite surprised Karl-Heinze Rummennigge is not here to take him back.”
Reports suggested the club were even considering letting Bastian go for free so it’s surprising to see Mourinho now suggest there is still a chance he could play on the first-team again.
He hasn’t quite lived up to expectations at Man United and he has his work cut out ahead of him to try and get ahead the likes of Pogba, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Fellaini and Carrick.
Schweinsteiger could have been a quality asset at Old Trafford, but he simply doesn’t fit in to Mourinho’s structure and I don’t see him coming back into the fold anytime soon.