Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: Bastian Schweinsteiger needs to leave Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Bastian Schweinsteiger needs to leave Manchester United in January.

The German was instantly banished from the first-team squad upon Jose Mourinho‘s arrival in June and hasn’t featured once this season.

Schweinsteiger, despite being consigned to the doldrums of anonymity at Old Trafford, made it clear that Man United would be the last European club he plays for.

However Rummenigge, speaking to Bild earlier this week, insisted the German ought to seek a move away during the January transfer window.

“My wish for him is that they find a solution when the transfer window opens again in January,” Rummenigge said. 

“It is difficult to manage a generation change. But you always have to remain tactful and understanding.”

It felt as if Schweisteiger, seemingly stuck at Old Trafford, would spend the rest of his days as a footballer in isolation, reduced to training alone in his private gym and wishing the first-team good-luck before every game.

And then, almost out of nowhere, there he was with the first team squad, smiling and taking part in passing drills like nothing had ever happened.

Could this new development act as a catalyst for an unlikely return, or is it just a temporary blip in an otherwise mundane pattern of anonymity for the German? Only time will tell.

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