One of the main areas Manchester United have struggled this season is in the midfield.
Despite the £89m arrival of Paul Pogba from Juventus in the summer, the centre of the pitch remains a problem are for José Mourinho and his side, with Chelsea in particular tearing through them at will in Sunday’s 4-0 demolition.
Mourinho doesn’t appear to have settled on a preferred combination or system, with Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and even Wayne Rooney featuring in central midfield next to Pogba at various periods of the season so far.
However, Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper believes he has a solution to Man United’s midfield woe – and central to that plan is a recall for exiled midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The 2014 World Cup winner has not seen one second of competitive action under Mourinho, banished from the first team and ordered to train on his own. Despite the fact that it would have made more logical sense for the 32-year-old to leave last summer, he stuck around in the slim hope that he would be recalled.
Speaking at a press conference in Munich (in quotes carried by the Mirror), Neuer was insistent that Schweinsteiger could be the man to fix Man United’s misfiring midfield, backing his former clubmate to turn the side’s fortunes around if he is given the chance:
“I really hope that Bastian gets some consideration soon,
“We all know he’s one of the best midfielders in the world.
“He belongs on the field for Manchester United and not training individually.”
Lukas Podolski, who also played with Schweinsteiger in the German national team before the midfelder’s retirement after Euro 2016, has been quite vocal about this subject in the past, and reacted to Man United’s destruction on Sunday by tweeting support for his old colleague:
#schweinsteiger please ???
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) October 23, 2016
However, the calls are likely to fall on deaf ears. Mourinho seems to have very much made up his mind on the matter – Schweinsteiger is an outcast and that’s all there is to it.
The smart money would be on Schweinsteiger never playing for the club again, but having won just one Premier League game in their last six, the manager will surely have to begin exploring new ideas if the situation doesn’t improve.