Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said that German international, Bastian Schweinsteiger, will stay with United, amidst the 32-year-old being out-of-favour for more than a year now.
Schweinsteiger signed with United shortly after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup – in which he was instrumental.
After Mourinho took over as manager of Manchester United from Louis Van Gaal, Schweinsteiger was quickly placed on the bench by Mourinho.
In fact, Schweinsteiger seemed to be so out-of-favour with Mourinho, that he was even sent to practise with Manchester United’s under-23 team, instead of the first team.
However, things seems to have turned around for Schweinsteiger, as he made his first start for United in more than a year on Saturday in the Red Devils’ FA Cup match against Wigan.
Schweinsteiger was clearly keen to be back on the starting bench, as he went on to score his first goal since November 2015.
Manchester United went on to destroy Wigan 4-0.
Mourinho also made sure that the media understands, in no uncertain terms, that Schweinsteiger will be staying at Old Trafford.
“He is staying…He is going on our Europa League list because we have opened spaces with Depay and Schneiderlin and we don’t have many players [sic],” he said.
He continued, saying that United is limited when it comes to midfield players, and Schweinsteiger will definitely be an option going forward.
“We don’t have many options in midfield. Ninety minutes today was probably too hard for him but now I think he is happy. With so many competitions and games, he will be an option.”