Jose Mourinho has spoken out about Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s situation at Manchester United, labelling the German as a viable option at Old Trafford, whilst also remaining open to the prospect of him leaving in January.
The 53-year-old, prior to the 2016/17 campaign, made it clear that Schweinsteiger was not part of his plans at Man United, banishing the German from the first team.
However, after four months of training alone, the 32-year-old received a chance to impress in the first-team, coming on as an 86th minute substitute during United’s 4-1 win over West Ham United in the League Cup.
Mourinho, speaking ahead of his side’s visit to Goodison Park on Sunday, discussed the German’s predicament at United in detail.
“Everybody was happy because when he was not training with the team he did it with a professional way,” he said.
“He was struggling, because it is not easy, but he managed to do that without getting injured or without the need to stop.
“He was continually working for a month, so we saw this as a good opportunity for him to play a little bit. He is one who can help us.”
Last month, Schweinsteiger’s situation seemed pretty straight forward: there was no chance of regaining a place in the first-team, and a move overseas in January felt like the logical next step.
Fast forward to the present and things are a bit more complicated. He has valiantly forged his way back into the first-team, and with a busy Christmas schedule approaching, the German could receive more chances to impress under Mourinho. He has spent the last four months fighting for this position and he has finally reached his goal. Packing his bags for, say, the MLS in January may feel harder to do after months of working so hard to restore his place in the first-team squad at Old Trafford.