Louis van Gaal laments Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger

by Marwan Harraz

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Jose Mourinho treated Bastian Schweinsteiger poorly when he was at the club.

The Dutchman initially signed the German before he was sacked, leaving the midfielder’s future up in the air with the Portuguese’s arrival.

Mourinho immediately made it clear that he would only choose one experienced, veteran midfielder to remain at the club and made the call to keep fan favourite Michael Carrick on board.

Schweinsteiger was then isolated from the first team squad and made to train with the youngsters until he eventually made the switch to the MLS.

Van Gaal believes that the World Cup winner didn’t warrant the treatment he received but did admit that he was physically incapable of playing anymore.

According to the Daily Star, Louis said to Sport Bild: “Schweinsteiger was older, of course, but not too old. Still, his body was not able to keep up with the high demands of Premier League.

“Bayern sold him to us as fit player but, in reality, physically he had reached the end. How Mourinho treated him after me, Schweini did not deserve this.

“But it also explains how things were with Schweinsteiger. It’s a shame because he is a player like Luis Enrique, Mark van Bommel or Philipp Lahm, a character always present on the pitch.”

To the credit of Bastian, he remained thoroughly professional throughout, so much so that Jose brought him back in from the cold much to the delight of fans.

Still, it was transparent that the former Bayern man was surplus to requirement and that it was important he was moved on quickly.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was a living, model player of Louis’ era at the club and if Jose Mourinho wanted the club to move on from the past, it would be necessary to see him go.

The former Chelsea manager did get his wish eventually and did publicly state that he regrets treating the midfielder the way he did.

Everything that happened was a testament to both characters- Schweinsteiger with his classy behaviour and Mourinho being man enough to admit his mistake.

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