Former German international star Lukas Podolski has dropped a hint that Bastian Schweinsteiger could be set to leave Manchester United and make his way to the MLS.
Schweinsteiger who according to Daily star £200,000 a week is yet to feature for United this season under Jose Mourinho and has been summoned to train with clubs under-23’s.
The 32-year-old still has two more years to run on his current contract at United but it is understood that the club would be willing to buy out the remainder of the player’s contract in order for the German to leave Old Trafford.
Speaking to German publication Blid ( as translated by mirror), Podolski spoke of his frustration at how Schweinsteiger had been treated by Mourinho and stated that a move to play in America may be the best option for the midfielder at this stage of his footballing career.
Schweinsteiger joined United back last July under former head coach Louis Van Gaal but has since failed to rediscover the form he showed throughout his days at Bayern Munich. Injuries combined with his age have all played a key role in Schweinsteiger’s downfall at Old Trafford with the midfielder looking a shadow of the player he once was.
The arrival of Jose Mourinho to the club over the summer was always going to prove a significant moment for not only Schweinsteiger but for the rest of the players too. It would be the moment which we would see the players who Mourinho wanted to keep as part of his squad and the moment which we would see the players who Mourinho didn’t really fancy and in Schweinsteiger’s case it was clear he is one of those players who he didn’t want.
Mourinho was brought to Old Trafford for one reason and one reason only, to take Manchester United back to the top as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter how he does it as long as he gets the club back to the top the United hierarchy could care less and in order to do that he needs players who are at the peak of their powers not a player whose best footballing days were years ago.
Schweinsteiger undoubtedly is and remains one of the finest midfielders to have ever graced the game but his best days are long behind him and Mourinho knows that. His decision to axe Schweinsteiger from the squad was ultimately a harsh one but more importantly the right one and for both parties a move away from United sooner rather than later would be the best outcome.