Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Manchester United’s 25-man Premier League squad.
The German midfielder had been told by Mourinho at the start of the season that he did not have a future at Old Trafford under his management. However, Schweinsteiger maintained his stance on his decision to stay at the club and fight for his place.
He was sent to train with the reserves, and even reportedly cleared out his first-team locker and moved his things.
Yet, despite all of this, he has been a regular at United games this season, supporting the team from the stands and on social media.
He recently confirmed that he would not be playing for another European club after United, and this has brought up several links to clubs in the MLS.
However, he believes he still has something to offer at United, and said that he dreams of playing for the club again. That may not sound too far-fetched any more, as he was included in Mourinho’s list of 25 players for the current Premier League season.
‘New York is a great city, but I have a contract with United until 2018 and you know what the atmosphere is like at Old Trafford and it’s my dream to run out there again,’ he said .
‘I listen to myself, listen to my heart. Of course I speak to others, but I make the decision.
‘I’m not a big planner, I decide by intuition. I hope that I get the chance there to help the team. If it doesn’t happen we’ll have to see.’
Mourinho himself said that it is highly unlikely that Shweinsteiger will play for United ever again, but it is certainly not impossible.
Yet, it also worth noting that Mourinho has always preferred to use only 23 players in a Premier League season. He has shown many youngsters the door in order to reduce the amount of players in the squad, and has a very good record in terms of having squads with a very low amount of injuries during the course of the season.
Schweinsteiger was reportedly offered to Sporting Lisbon for free and apparently angered Mourinho by refusing to move.
The 32-year old still has two years left on his contract, and will attempt to force his way into the manager’s plans. He will still have to compete with the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini for a place in the side.