On Friday, after a preseason being told he was unwanted, Bastian Schweinsteiger found himself in Jose Mourinho’s 25-man Premier League squad at Manchester United for the upcoming 2016 season.
Sadly, any hope that this was a turning in Mourinho’s opinion on Schweinsteiger was short-lived with the announcement of Manchester United’s 23-man Europa League squad. The German did not make the cut.
Some might put the exclusion down to the rules of the Europa League, where only 21 players who didn’t play at least three years at the club between the ages of 15 and 21 can be included.
Yet Schweinsteiger, now 32, must realize that being in the 25-man Premier League squad means very little as the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Morgan Schneiderlin all have been included in the Europa League squad ahead of him.
This makes Schweinsteiger, at best, the seventh choice.
This exclusion only adds further insult to the German World Cup Winner who is already training alone or with the under-23’s at the club.
This is a player who has won everything domestically and internationally. Last Friday there was a glimmer of hope he was in the manager’s plans, as he was included in the 25 players selected for the Premier League. However the fact he was excluded from the Europa team just takes any hope and throws it out the window, adding to the realization that he has no hope of ever playing for Manchester United again.
So as Man U turn to veteran superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic in order to retain their standing as a global footballing superpower they ignore another.
One thing is for certain, it’s hard to predict what will happen next in this stalemate between Schweinsteiger and Mourinho. Especially after Schweinsteiger’s refused transfer to Sporting Lisbon on August 31st.