A year ago, German captain and Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger decided it was time for a new challenge, moving to Manchester United in the Premiere League. Then 31 years old, the transfer seemed to make a lot of sense, as United lacked someone of his experience and quality in the club. As the club aimed for glory domestically and in the Champions League, Schweinsteiger seemed poised to play a pivotal role for Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Unfortunately, injuries hindered a lot of his playing time, and the German was unable to contribute as much as United fans might’ve hoped. A measly 5th place finish, as well as failure in the Champions league signified Van Gaal’s exit at the club, ushering in the Jose Mourinho era in Manchester.
In now his second year with United, it appears the former World Cup winner doesn’t have a place in the Portuguese manager’s side. Schweinsteiger has not featured in a match day squad thus far this season, and has even been relegated to training with United reserves. This situation has upset many back in Germany, as his brother Tobias simply tweeted “No respect” in reference to Mourinho’s harsh exclusion.
While there has been speculation a return to Munich could be in the cards, Schweinsteiger has refuted these rumors with a statement to United fans on Twitter. “MUFC will be my last club in Europe. I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one that could make me leave Bayern Munich. I will be ready, if the team needs me.”
While it seems unlikely Schweinsteiger has a future playing under Mourinho this season, it’s obvious that a move to a different team in Europe is highly unlikely. At 32 now, could a move to one of the growing leagues around the world, perhaps China or MLS, is possible at this point? He will still try to fight for a place in the team, but for how much longer?
For Schweinsteiger, there is not much more he can accomplish career-wise. He has already won the Champions League, a World Cup and multiple German League titles. At this point in his career, perhaps it is time to move across the pond and begin a new chapter in America.