New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has excluded Bastian Schweinsteiger from his 27 man Europa League squad.
The former German national team captain has yet to feature for United this season and has spent the beginning of the new campaign training with the under-21s.
Despite not featuring for Mourinho thus far, the midfielder has maintained that he wants to stay Old Trafford and fight for his place in the Portuguese manager’s starting eleven this season.
There were initial signs of hope for the midfielder after the new Red Devils boss named him in his Premier League squad. However those hopes of making his way into Mourinho’s side seem somewhat of a false dawn for Schweinsteiger as he has now been left out of the Europa League squad.
Schweinsteiger joined United last summer under former manager Louis van Gaal, but has failed to hold down a regular spot in the starting eleven. Injuries combined with the midfielder’s age have led to the former-Bayern Munich star falling down the pecking order at the Theatre of Dreams.
With Jose Mourinho said to favour Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Michael Carrick all ahead of Schweinsteiger, it leaves the 32-year-old with little, if any chance, of game time this season.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is undoubtedly one of the finest midfielders to have ever graced the game but is admittedly now at the latter stages of his footballing career. He is no longer the force he once was and has shown that he cannot be relied on to play on a regular basis for the club.
In order for Jose Mourinho to take Manchester United back to the top he needs players who are at the top of their game, who he can call upon at any time to deliver the goods. Schweinsteiger just isn’t that player anymore. Having a player like Schweinsteiger in your ranks on paper looks very attractive but in reality it isn’t and Mourinho has realised that. He needs players for the here and now, not a footballer who was at his peak two years ago and the decision to exclude Schweinsteiger is the ultimately right one.
The rest of the Manchester United squad leaves few surprises and does include youngsters Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe, who will all be looking to make a good impression for their new boss as they bid to win a place in the starting eleven.