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Bastian Schweinsteiger – The Ghost Of Ed Woodward’s Transfer Past

Manchester United have hit the ground running under new boss Jose Mourinho this season.

After a clean sweep of nine points from nine coupled with some impressive displays, fans and pundits alike are perhaps prematurely hailing the return of the glory days at Old Trafford. The return of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly’s seemless transition into the Premier League, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic strutting his stuff like a prize-fighting cock has brought an air of arrogance back to the red half of Manchester.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Paul Pogba of Manchester United poses after signing for the club at Aon Training Complex on August 8, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Much of the credit for the stellar incomings has to go to United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The former investment banker has come in for some pretty heavy but well earned criticism for his shortcomings in previous transfer windows. This summer though, you have to tip your hat to him. Pogba looks like he can take the league by storm, Bailly is a find and Zlatan is hitting the back of the net already.

Woodward can finally bask in the warm glow of a job well done. . . .but not so fast there, Eddie boy.

At a time Woodward should be soaking up the adulation of grateful United fans he’s haunted by a German spectre. No, not 1930’s fascism.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger sits in the crowd at Old Trafford in his civvies, posting on his various social media accounts about how happy he is for the team, all the while picking up his reported £200,000 per week to remind us of just how woeful some of Woodward’s transfer dealings have been.

He refused to be deterred by Mourinho’s comments below when the latter was asked about the German playing for the club again.

“I think it’s very difficult to happen. I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’m saying its very difficult because we have made a decision made about Pogba, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Fellaini and Carrick, we have five players for two positions, so it’s very difficult for an opportunity to arise.

“I cannot answer for him. It’s his life, his career, he has a contract with Man United. He has a right to make that decision and stay, so that’s not a problem for us. Football is made of decisions. I did that all my career. Not just me, everyone does, but some players react in a different way. To be honest, Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave his last statement, which he is completely free to make, in an objective way, like he did.”

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The statement Mourinho refers to is as follows: “MUFC will be my last club in Europe,” he posted.

“I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich. I will be ready, if the team needs me. That is all I can say about the current situation. I want to thank the fans for the amazing support over the recent weeks.”

Not only has he been a great player, a World Cup winner and an all round classy guy, Schweinsteiger is willing to completely eschew the remainder of his career just to remind us that for every Pogba there’s been a Angel Di Maria, for every Zlatan a Falcao.

The solution for Woodward?

He could just pay off the remainder of the German’s contract. If Woodward’s previous endeavours in the transfer market are anything to go by, he’s more likely to get an improved contract until he’s 45 before being paid off in January.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.