Jose Mourinho says it will be “very difficult” for Bastian Schweinsteiger to feature for Manchester United and says he is “surprised” Bayern Munich have not attempted to sign him.
The 32-year old former Germany captain has been frozen out of the first-team picture at Old Trafford by Mourinho and made to train with reserves.
Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he could “hardly believe” Mourinho’s treatment of Schweinsteiger and believes it will turn players off joining the club in future.
Responding to those comments, Mourinho said on Friday: “I thought after I read some quotes from people at Bayern Munich that they would run to Manchester to bring him (Schweinsteiger) back, but no, that did not happen. I am quite surprised that Mr Rummennigge is not here now to take him back.”
Schweinsteiger said earlier this week he will not sign for another European club and will be ready if United need him.
However, Mourinho does not envision that scenario happening given his wealth of options in midfield and the Portuguese even suggested he would promote young players ahead of Schweinsteiger should injuries strike.
When asked about Schweinsteiger’s chances of forcing his way into contention, Mourinho said: “I think it’s very difficult to happen. I’m not saying it’s impossible. I’m saying it’s very difficult.