Mourinho told Schweinsteiger last week that he does not figure in his plans and is free to find another club this summer, with the former Bayern Munich player likely to be the most high-profile casualty of the Portuguese’s extensive clear-out.
But the situation has now taken a more dramatic development with Schweinsteiger forced to relocate to the reserve team’s dressing room, a huge embarrassment for the midfielder, who turned 32 on Monday, and the clearest sign yet of Mourinho’s uncompromising decision-making at United.
Schweinsteiger, who made just 13 starts of an injury-hit campaign, was on Tuesday linked with a move to Lazio, according to reports in the Italian press. PSG as well as a return to his homeland was also been mentioned for the player, who was one of the subjects of our ‘Sell or Stay – the arguments for and against Mourinho’s outcasts‘ feature last week.
However, his treatment by Mourinho has been apparently been criticised by the player’s brother, Tobi, who appeared to be targeting Mourinho when the recently retired footballer – now coach of Bayern Under-17s – cryptically tweeted “no respect” on Monday.
It followed an earlier tweet in which Tobi Schweinsteiger referred to his brother as a #baller and #boss after quoting a tweet from the German national team in which they marked the United midfielder’s birthday by posting a list of the all-time leading appearance makers in major tournaments.
Schweinsteiger was first, with 38 appearances in World Cup and European Championship finals, one more than compatriot Miroslav Klose.
Mourinho apparently feels Schweinsteiger doesn’t possess the mobility to play regular first-team football at United and is expected to be cast aside to make room for the imminent high-profile arrival of Paul Pogba.