Bastian Schweinsteiger, it’s fair to say, has not had an enjoyable time at Manchester United since his high profile move from Bayern Munich last summer.
One of the most recognisable names brought in by former manager Louis van Gaal, the recently retired Germany international’s arrival was accompanied with much optimism for the campaign ahead.
However, a star on the wane and an injury interrupted season meant that the German featured in less than half of United’s league games, scoring only once.
The arrival of José Mourinho in May saw the 32-year-old inexplicably relegated from the first team, leaving him to train first with the Under 21s and then alone. The manner in which Mourinho has shunned the once midfield powerhouse has been, at best, unusual and at worst, downright unfair.
With no apparent reason for Schweinsteiger’s fall from United grace and the player’s unwavering public commitment to the club, fans are generally uncomfortable with just how he has been treated this season.
The nightmare took another turn for the worse today with the revelation that the club have written off £6.7 million in their annual financial filings. According to the Mirror, this figure is the estimated value of the midfielder and another indication that the future looks bleak for German.
Now, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.com, French Ligue 1 side Marseille are reportedly interested in offering Schweinsteiger a way out of Old Trafford in January and you might well expect that Mourinho will be happy to offload the unwanted midfielder at the first opportunity.
Having already rejected a move to Sporting Lisbon in the summer, there is no guarantee a deal will be done. However, with it becoming all too clear that there is no future left for midfielder at United, perhaps he will see a Marseille offer as way to pull the curtain down on what has been a torrid time in Manchester.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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