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.
Mourinho also revealed that Schweinsteiger does not feature in his plans and is free to go.
However, Schweinsteiger insists on staying, and has reportedly even turned down advances from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s brother Tobias Schweinsteiger took to social media to call his brother’s treatment at the hands of Manchester United manager José Mourinho disrespectful.
The 32-year-old German spent 17 years at Bayern, where he won eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League.
He then signed for Manchester United last season under Louis Van Gaal’s management. He took part in only 19 games, as injuries kept him out for the majority of the campaign.
On Friday, Manchester United named Bastian in their 25 man squad for the Premier League.
Seeing him in the squad for the Premier League this season, fans expected to see his name in Manchester United’s Europa League squad too.
However, Mourinho decided to leave the German legend out of the Europa League squad.
This was more surprising for the fans as they expected Schweinsteiger to be at least a squad rotation player for the Europa League, as the Old Trafford club would prefer to pay more attention towards the reversal of their Premier League fortunes.
Youngsters Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah were surprise inclusions to the squad.
Manchester United’s first Europa League match this season is against Dutch club Feyenoord on 15th September.