English media outlet Daily Mail reported earlier that the recently retired German international Bastian Schweinsteiger has been made to train with the U21s instead of the first team by Manchester United manager José Mourinho. Soon after that, rumors about his exit started making the rounds.
If there were any doubts about Schweinsteiger’s mistreatment at Manchester United, they were squashed by Bastian’s brother Tobias Schweinsteiger. Tobias is extremely vocal of his support for his brother Bastian and his favourite team Manchester United on social media.
He chose this very platform to announce his displeasure with Mourinho’s treatment of his brother. He tweeted ‘No respect’ which all but confirms the reported stories about Schweinsteiger being made to train with the U21s.
The 32-year-old German spent 17 years at Bayern, where he won eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hinted that the Bavarians may be ready to take Schweinsteiger back.
Rummenigge recently had an interview with German news outlet Bild, where he revealed: “Should he [Schweinsteiger] speak in the future at some point about a desire to return then we will discuss it with him.”
World Cup winning German captain and current Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm offered his opinion on the Schweinsteiger story to Bild too. He said: “It is important to involve deserving players,” Lahm added. “A man like him was predestined to work with the club, he knows everything and everyone.”
If Schweinsteiger does return to Allianz Arena, he must be prepared to face some competition for the starting spot in midfield. Bayern are brimming in talent from midfield, with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, Javi Martinez and the newly acquired Renato Sanches.
Fullbacks Philipp Lahm and David Alaba are equally adept at playing in midfield, and have played there on numerous occasions under the previous manager Pep Guardiola.