The German was banished from the first team upon Mourinho’s arrival over the summer and, despite being reintroduced in November, eventually completed a move to Chicago Fire after managing just one start all season.
Mourinho, when asked about Schweinsteiger not long after the move was completed, noted that he was wrong to banish the 31-year-old to the reserves and apologised for what he described as a mistake.
And Schweinsteiger was quick to note that, in spite of leaving under gloomy circumstances, he would continue to support Man United in the future.
“He spoke to me, so it was nothing new for me, but it shows his character,” he said.
“Of course it was an unfortunate situation, for both of us, but I hope the best for United. I hope they can qualify for Champions League. I’m always, whenever they play, I’m watching and I hope that they’re gonna win.”
One moment that always stick out for me when it comes to Schweinsteiger is a video posted by the German – soon after being brought back into the first team – of arriving at Carrington during the early hours of the morning. The camera turns around and there he is, the Deutscher Fußballmeister, smiling and full of enthusiasm.
And you could tell that this aura was genuine, that he really was looking forward to running around cones on a frosty Tuesday morning, knowing full well that he was nowhere near the starting XI.
How many World Cup and Champions League winners, I ask you, would be the same?