Bastian Schweinsteiger’s ongoing situation at Manchester United has hit the headlines on several occasions already in recent months and the former German international was back in the spotlight on Wednesday evening.
Asked about his compatriot’s current exile from United’s first team squad, City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan backed Schweinsteiger and insisted that, fully fit, he can still be a significant asset to his club’s city rivals.
The former German captain is part of United’s registered squad for this season’s Premier League but has not seen any competitive action at all – despite being reluctant to leave the club – under José Mourinho.
“If everything you hear and read is true, you can consider it disrespectful,” Gundogan told reporters on Wednesday, speaking during an international window.
“He’s not just some player, and also not only 18 or 19. I believe that Manchester United could 100 percent benefit from a fit Bastian Schweinsteiger.”
Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker took a slightly different view though, suggesting that Schweinsteiger is simply unlucky at how a change in manager has turned out.
“It’s bad luck for him that he joined a club that has again changed its manager, and that the new manager doesn’t want him,” the centre half said.
“It can happen to you at any time in this business, and it’s a bit perverse, but Basti signed a good contract, and he knew where he was going. He will draw his conclusions and I wish him all the best.”
The 32-year-old has been linked with moves back to Europe and even the MLS. However, Schweinsteiger has publicly stated his intention not to play for any other European club apart from United.