Schweinsteiger was instantly banished from the first team upon Mourinho’s arrival in June, with the 53-year-old making it clear that the German was not part of his plans for this season.
The 32-year-old did manage to force his way back into the first team last month, even managing to make an appearance from the bench against West Ham United.
Ribery, who won eleven major honours alongside Schweinsteiger at Bayern, was heavily critical of Mourinho’s decision to ostracise the midfielder.
“I’m so sad,” he said.
“I feel for him because he is a great player, the way he played for Bayern and Germany, he won everything.
“So for this to happen to such a player, he doesn’t deserve this.”
One cannot help but feel sympathetic towards Schweinsteiger. The German’s approach since day one has been exemplary: a calm presence in midfield, always smiling, always dispensing advice to youngsters.
But Mourinho’s approach was always going to preclude Schweinsteiger from receiving regular opportunities at Old Trafford this season. The 53-year-old has always placed emphasis on brutal midfield workhorses, charging across the pitch in a typically Ander Herrera-esque way. Schweinsteiger is an undoubtedly talented individual, but he simply doesn’t fit the mould in this current United side.