Bastian Schweinsteiger still working hard at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Bastian Schweinsteiger has demonstrated his dedication to the cause at Manchester United by turning up to training at 7:30 in the morning.

The German, signed by Louis van Gaal in July 2015, was immediately banished from the first-team squad upon Jose Mourinho‘s arrival.

He was recalled to first-team training last month, evincing murmurs from supporters of a possible return to action at Man United, but Mourinho later insisted Schweinsteiger was only there to supplement passing drills.

The 32-year-old posted a video of himself pulling into Carrington with the message: “Time doesn’t matter.”

First of all, have you ever seen someone this cheerful at 7:30 in the morning? I genuinely don’t think I have. I didn’t actually think it was possible.

On a more serious note, one has to admire Schweinsteiger’s dedication to the cause under Mourinho, even in the face of outright snubbing from the Portuguese.

I mean, just put yourself in Schweinsteiger’s shoes: you’re not receiving any game time whatsoever, you’ve been labeled as ‘not good enough’ (despite being a World Cup and Champions League winner), forced to train alone for four months, and you’re destined for the exit door in a couple of months. Would you turn up for training at 7:30 with a smile on your face? I know I wouldn’t.

Such attitude sets an important example for Manchester United’s younger, less-accomplished players: even in the face of immense adversity, you simply have to give everything, no matter what.

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