Bastian Schweinsteiger has sent a message of gratitude to supporters after making his first appearance of the season during Manchester United’s 4-1 win over West Ham United in the League Cup.
Jose Mourinho made it clear throughout the summer that the German was not part of his plans at Man United this season.
However Schweinsteiger, after four months of training alone, was finally given a chance to impress against West Ham, coming on as an 86th minute substitute to rapturous acclaim from the Old Trafford faithful.
The midfielder took to social media after the game, thanking supporters for such a warm reception.
— Bastian Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) November 30, 2016
Schweinsteiger could have reacted furiously to his omission back in July. Most players – especially those with a World Cup and Champions League winners medal – would immediately seek a move elsewhere, making plenty of petulant remarks about their former club in the process.
The 32-year-old, however, is not like most players. Even in the face of outright exclusion, Schweinsteiger has never failed to be anything other than totally committed to the badge. From good-luck tweets before every game to rocking up to training at 7:30am, the German has displayed an unswerving level of integrity and discipline.
And finally, much to the delight of Old Trafford, he got his chance. A potent example for all athletes, perhaps, when it comes to how you react to adversity.