Bastian Schweinsteiger has once again opened up on his unhappy 18-month spell at Manchester United.
The former Germany international arrived at Old Trafford to significant fanfare in a £6.5m deal from Bayern Munich, but injuries in his first season, combined with his exile from the first team in his second, limited the 32-year-old to just 35 appearances before his move to MLS side Chicago Fire earlier this year.
Despite his banishment from the first team in the final six months of his Man United career, however, Schweinsteiger seems to have absolved Mourinho of all of the blame. Instead, he sees it as someone else’s opinion that kept him out of the first-team picture for so long.
Speaking to ESPN, the 2014 World Cup winner stated his belief that, in another time, he and Mourinho could have worked very well together:
“It was not that part. It was something different,”
“[The decision not to play me] was maybe made by someone else without him so I think after I trained and I played and you could see me and how I behave as a professional and he has a different opinion, so it was a little bit unfortunate.
“I think [it would be different] if we would have met in a different situation.”
Schweinsteiger also admitted that he found it difficult to train on his own during his exile, but stayed as positive as he could as he was determined to fight his way back into the senior squad:
“In my eyes it was not the right position, but in life sometimes you have this kind of situation where something is not correct and right in your way, but you have to accept it, and I accepted it.
“I said ‘OK I accept it, but still want to stay here and want to train. I want to show I am a player you can trust.’ And that’s what I was doing at Manchester. I was then training with the first team and playing with the first team. I mean it was not easy when I was training by my own for three months.”
Schweinsteiger has made a solid start to his MLS career, scoring twice in seven matches for Chicago Fire with the side occupying sixth place in the Eastern Conference after ten games.