The German was forced to train alone upon the arrival of the 53-year-old, who made it clear from the start that he was not part of his plans at Old Trafford.
But despite his banishment from the first-team Schweinsteiger made it clear that he was committed to his future at Man United, although reports of a potential move to the MLS have continued to circulate over the past few weeks.
The 32-year-old, however, insists he is fully committed to the cause under Mourinho.
“Last year we won the FA Cup, that was one of my goals,” he said.
“Sure, it would be great to play for United in the Premier League and win the title.
“I’ll be ready if they need me.”
One cannot question Schweinsteiger’s dedication at United. His reintroduction to first-team training sparked murmurs about a potential return to action at Old Trafford, only for Mourinho to reveal that his presence was predicated by a need for more midfielders to supplement passing drills. In other words the German, a World Cup and Champions League winner, is quite literally a training prop at Carrington.
I don’t know about you, but if I was told that I was there to simply ‘make up the numbers’ – despite being one of the most coveted players at the club – I’d completely fly off the handle.
But Schweinsteiger is different. Even in the face of complete exile from Old Trafford’s hallow turf he is there, sending good-luck messages, turning up to training before most of us are out of bed, offering everything for the team. He sets an amazing example to younger, less accomplished players, and perhaps to humanity in general.