Germany head coach Joachim Low has shared his opinion on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s exit from Man Utd.
The midfielder has agreed to join MLS side Chicago Fire after failing to earn playing time under Jose Mourinho.
“We spoke some weeks ago,” Low said of Schweinsteiger. “He said that in training he has given everything he has got, he has shown the coach what he can do and there was some light on the horizon.
“But at the end of the day it seems like it was just not to be at Man Utd, so he has chosen to join a club in a big city, which he quite likes because big cities give him a certain degree of anonymity.
“I have seen some Man Utd games where they could have done well with a central midfielder, a kind of chief organiser in midfield, who puts things right.”
Schweinsteiger, who has only played for Bayern and United during his career, will be the second German player at Chicago Fire after his former international teammate Arne Friedrich.
Low believes that the move to the United States will do him good.
“Bastian feels at home in big cities, where he can also enjoy a bit of anonymity, and see other things,” Low said.
Bayern president Uli Hoeness, meanwhile, said it was only a matter of time before Schweinsteiger moved on from United given his lack of playing time.
“I’m not surprised” Hoeness told Sky Deutschland. “Of course, being the fifth wheel on the car wasn’t a long-term solution for him in Manchester. A man like Bastian Schweinsteiger could not be happy with the situation.
“He’s become a global player now, very much at home all around the world. He’ll have no problem with the language and it’ll be a fitting end to his career.”