There we have it, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Manchester United career will come to an end in a few months’ time with the German set to leave Old Trafford for a spell in America’s Major League Soccer with Chicago Fire, and emotions are mixed in the Transfer Tavern.
There’s no doubt the serial Bundesliga winner failed to live up to his past glories at Bayern Munich in Manchester, but there remains a feeling he never really got a fair crack at doing so. Fitness issues plagued his debut season under Louis van Gaal during 2015/16, yet Jose Mourinho froze him out at the start of the campaign, which always seemed a little short-sighted given his experience – and was proven to be just that when he was recalled over the winter.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 21, 2017
Alas, a new chapter in ‘Schweini’s’ career awaits with Chicago Fire in MLS, where he’ll be one of the standout names in a division that is growing in both stature and quality.
Although many fans on Twitter are wishing Schweinsteiger well and can see the logic behind the transfer for all involved, a fair few are angry with Mourinho for his decision to offload the 32-year-old and his treatment of him…
That is very very stupid of Mourinho to let Schweinsteiger leave.
FFS it’s Bastian Schweinsteiger. German midfield maestro
— Kirikou (@derijk_grey) 21 March 2017
Gutted #Schweinsteiger is leaving! Shame Mourinho didn’t see any use in him because the fans did!
— Gareth Owen (@garethowenwales) 21 March 2017
— Talha (@talha_27c) 21 March 2017
Utd’s treatment of Schweinsteiger baffling. Mourinho at the heart of it. Unless he wasn’t up to PL and should never have been signed by LvG.
— Simon Rose (@thatsimonrose) 21 March 2017
Schweinsteiger just never got a chance thanks to Mourinho and Van Gaal. Waste of time for him #Schweinsteiger
— CJ (@chrispacers13) 21 March 2017
he sells schweinsteiger but fellaini is still a man utd player…I’m required to like mourinho coz he’s coach, but he makes it so hard
— Gbadegesin Tosin (@mElflEg) 21 March 2017
Schweinsteiger leaving is all Mourinho’s fault. The way he’s been treated is nothing short of deplorable.
— Olly Van Gaal (@OllyMtfc) 21 March 2017
— Adam Garside (@GarsideAJ) 21 March 2017
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s treatment by Jose Mourinho is a disgrace. He reduced a world class player to a bench warmer, never given chance1/2
— Gaurav Singh (@gaurav_0511) 21 March 2017
— Dom K (@dom_k) 21 March 2017
Schweinsteiger to Fire bittersweet. Wish Mou gave him the proper chance but excited to see how he’ll perform in MLS.
— wasteman (@fortydose) 21 March 2017