Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has admitted that he would have joined Manchester United like Bastian Schweinsteiger if he had been in a similar situation.
“I also did not know Manchester United well enough to give advice [to BS]. ” As quoted by dailycanoon.
“I only know that I would have done it in his situation. One hundred percent!
“It was very much for the step: to gain new experiences after such a long time at Bayern Munich – plus the opportunity to play for Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in international football, as well as the fact that Louis van Gaal built on him and gave him confidence.
“But then van Gaal is gone, so fast it changes in our business.
“That Basti does not play with Jose Mourinho, I’m very sorry.
“He deserved to be able to prove himself again. And I have the feeling that the team could use it.”
Schweinsteiger is yet to feature for United under Jose Mourinho this season and has spent most of the season training with the clubs under-23’side rather than the first team.
Speaking to the press the German centre-half admitted that he would have signed for United like his former national team mate did if he was in that situation and that he felt he has been harshly treated by Jose Mourinho.
Schweinsteiger joined United back in July 2015 under former head coach Louis Van Gaal but has since failed to establish himself at Old Trafford. Injuries combined with age have all played a key role in Schweinsteiger’s tough time at United and with the chances of the German getting back into Mourinho’s squad now appearing non-existent a move away from the club would probably be the best outcome for both parties at this moment in time.
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 Manchester United players too. It was always meant to be a time when we would see the players who Mourinho rated and those he didn’t rate and in Schweinsteiger’s case it is clear he is one of those players he doesn’t want nor rate.
For a player of Schweinsteiger’s ability to be sitting in the stands every week is not only a crying shame for Manchester United but for football in general. Despite now at thirty two years of age the German still has a lot to offer. Hence the most sensible thing for the German do to is to move to another club where he will have the chance to end his footballing career on a much deserved high.