Per Mertesacker has hit out at Jose Mourinho’s “perverse” treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger only signed for Manchester United last summer, for a transfer fee around the region of £6.5 million. However, despite putting pen to paper on a three-year deal, the German looks set to leave just a year later.
He joined the club on the back of a lot of criticism, but was determined to prove himself in the Premier League. But he only ended up proving his critics right, as he failed to adapt to the pace and physicality of the English game. Former United boss Louis van Gaal himself admitted that he was very disappointed with the form of the midfielder while he was still in charge of the club.
After van Gaal got sacked and Jose Mourinho arrived, the new boss told the 33-year-old that he had no future at the club. Schweinsteiger was sent to train with United’s reserves and was ordered to clear his locker and move to the under-21s.
Despite him being very vocal in his support for the team on social media, the German continues to be left out of Mourinho’s squad. The club has even written him off as an asset.
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Mourinho has come in for a lot of criticism for his treatment of Schweinsteiger, and Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker was the latest to label the situation “perverse”.
“It’s bad luck for him that he joined a club that has again changed its manager, and that the new manager doesn’t want him,” Mertesacker told Kicker.
“It can happen to you at any time in this business, and it’s a bit perverse, but Basti signed a good contract, and he knew where he was going.
“He just had bad luck with the way it worked out. He will draw his conclusions and I wish him all the best.”