MLS commissioner Don Garber has confirmed they are following Bastian Schweinstieger’s situation closely at Manchester United.
The German midfielder has been frozen out of Man United’s first-team squad by Jose Mourinho since the start of the season and interest is continuing to build from clubs who are interested in signing him.
With the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the MLS already, the appeal for players to go over for the tail-end of their career and by the sounds of it Schweinsteiger is somebody they’re lining up a move for.
“Of course we follow Bastian’s situation,” Garber told Kicker magazine.
“He’s an old acquaintance in the United States, for example through the 2014 World Cup, when he played against the U.S. team. He also played against the MLS All-Stars with Bayern in 2014.
“We would welcome Bastian with open arms. He would be a leader for our many young players.”
Schweinsteiger’s career may well get a new lease of life come the January transfer window or the summer because it certainly looks to be over at United. Mourinho clearly doesn’t want him in his squad and he’s been abundantly clear on it since the start.
It’s such a shame it hasn’t worked out for one of modern football’s best players but Schweinsteiger’s time at United has been, to put it bluntly, a massive waste of time and money.
He may well go on to have a couple of good years over in the MLS but it’s very unlikely he’ll ever play for United again, not while Mourinho is in charge.