Having been cast aside and forced to train with the Manchester United reserves, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Old Trafford career looked to be dead and buried. However, Jose Mourinho has now suggested that the German World Cup winner may have a future with the club after all.
Despite the fact that Mourinho was widely slated for his treatment of the Bayern Munich legend, Schweinsteiger remained entirely professional throughout his time as a cast away with the United reserves.
Frequently pushed to comment and offered countless opportunities to publicly lash back at Mourinho, Schweinsteiger remained dignified and would only speak positively of his new manager.
“My wish would be to continue playing for Manchester United,” Schweinsteiger said.
“I had a good conversation with Mourinho and have no problems with him. We must see how it goes.”
As match after match came and went with the 32-year-old watching from the stands, Schweinsteiger maintained a brave face as he publicly backed his team online.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) October 26, 2016
At the end of October, things took a slight turn for the better as the midfielder was finally recalled from the reserves and offered the opportunity to train with the first team once again. However, in press conferences, Mourinho suggested that actual game time for the retired German international was far from his mind.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) October 31, 2016
However, despite Mourinho’s insistence to the contrary, it seems Schweinsteiger’s positivity and persistence won him over as the German was on the bench last weekend and actually got some game time against West Ham in the League Cup.
On Friday afternoon, Jose Mourinho finally suggested that Schweinsteiger’s resurgence was complete, stating that he liked the German and could easily see him staying with the club beyond the January transfer window.
“Of course he can [stay],” said Mourinho.
“If you have a contract, you are the powerful one that can decide your future. In January he is the powerful one – and with better feelings than before.”
“Everybody was happy because when he was not training he fought against that and managed to do it without injury.”
“He had been working for months and I thought it could be a good opportunity for him to play and help us.”
“He can help us. He is another one in the squad, and he’s working to have more chances. He deserved the happiness of the last match—I like people who are determined.”
Jose Mourinho on Bastian Schweinsteiger:
"He can help us. He is another one in the squad and he's working to have more chances." pic.twitter.com/f5nUbCS9Ym
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) December 2, 2016
Mourinho on Schweinsteiger: "He was continually working for a month so we began to see he could be an option and he could help us." #MUFC
— Manchester United (@MUFCScoop) December 2, 2016
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 1, 2016
Lovely photo. Martial hugging Schweinsteiger and Rui Faria giving Rooney a hobnob. Welling up here. pic.twitter.com/iEljHQsdz0
— Stuart (@__Bingo) November 30, 2016