Nemanja Vidic has reacted to Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s decision to leave Manchester United for Chicago Fire, noting that the move makes sense after what has been a challenging few months under Jose Mourinho.
The German, following an injury-plauged debut campaign in England, was cast out of the first team entirely by Mourinho over the summer and only managed one start all season.
He completed his move to MLS side Chicago Fire on Tuesday with immediate effect, prompting Germany coach Joachim Low into criticising Mourinho for mismanaging the 31-year-old at Old Trafford this season.
But Vidic, speaking earlier this week, believes that the move should be viewed in a positive light by all concerned.
“I think it’s a great move for him,” he said.
“He’s a top player, played at the top level for 15 years, he won so many trophies. He had some issues last season, that’s why he didn’t play and at his age it was difficult to come back in this form.
“He’s been training well in recent months and he looks fit and to me he has energy to play and perform.”
Perhaps Schweinsteiger took a few lessons from Vidic’s post-United career when deciding to opt for the MLS. The Serbian endured a truly awkward spell at Inter Milan, managing just 23 appearances in 18 months. Serie A proved too volatile and indeed too unforgiving for Vidic’s fading powers; he will, no doubt, regret the way a wonderful career came to a close.
A move to the MLS, therefore, makes sense for Schweinsteiger, now unable to sustain a regular place at the highest level. He would have ended his career as a peripheral figure at United; in Chicago, however, he will act as the epicentre.