Despite being cast into anonymity at Old Trafford, forced to train with the reserves instead, Schweinsteiger has pledged his allegiance to Mourinho’s side, insisting that Man United will be the last European club he plays for.
The 32-year-old uploaded a photo of himself doing some gym work, demonstrating a determination to continue working hard even in the face of manifold excommunication at the club.
Schweinsteiger’s status at United grows in ambiguity every day. He proclaims a peculiar, almost wistful narrative, announcing himself to the world through a mixture of good-luck messages to the first team and photos of himself alone in his personal gym.
This wouldn’t be strange if Schweinsteiger was a relatively unknown fringe player but he’s not. This is a World Cup winner, a Champions League winner, a man with 18 major honours to his name, nonchalantly cast to the side like an empty milk carton.
His arrival generated universal enthusiasm from United fans just a year ago but now, following what has been a rapid descent into disregard, it is unlikely that supporters will ever see the Deutscher Fußballmeister pull on a red shirt again.