Jose Mourinho explains decision to recall Bastian Schweinsteiger to Man United first team (Video)

Jose Mourinho and Bastian Schweinsteiger
Jose Mourinho and Bastian Schweinsteiger

Schweinsteiger finally back with the first team

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United first team training for the very first time under new manager Jose Mourinho.

The 32-year-old Bayern Munich legend had been frozen out since pre-season training and has remained completely professional whilst training with the reserves.

On Monday, Schweinsteiger finally re-joined his senior teammates and he posted his delight on Instagram.

Mourinho explains Schweinsteiger’s return

Speaking to the press in Turkey ahead of tomorrow night’s Europa League clash with Fenerbahce, Jose Mourinho was asked about his decision to bring Schweinsteiger back.

“Schweinsteiger is back,” confirmed Mourinho. “We made that decision last Thursday. We phoned him last Friday so he could join the team last Monday.

“It was a decision based on fact that we are in a period of the season where it’s really difficult with everybody together.

“The problem of tactical work that I like to do with 21 players max, to have 23/24 at a time doesn’t happen.

“Looking at Bastian and the way he was working professionally every day with the fitness coach, we think it’s a professional decision to bring him back to the team.

“We will be much better prepared, much better conditions, in case his future decision is to leave the club. In this moment we have no problems in midfield like we have in defence. If we do have problems in midfield, he’s one option for us.

“It’s a decision that can be positive for the group.”

The veteran midfielder is unavailable for tomorrow night’s game because he wasn’t included in Manchester United’s 25 man European squad.