Just when you thought Bastian Schweinsteiger’s time in Manchester couldnt get any worse, after a season of constant injuries and inconsistency it seems that Jose Mourinho is keen to offload the flailing German legend.
According to numerous reports in the British press, such as this one in The Daily Mail, Schweinsteiger has been told he must find a new club and has been banished to the Manchester United reserves until that process is complete.
It’s trademark harsh treatment from Jose Mourinho, a manager who has always been decisive.
The decision to sell Schweinsteiger has caused a lot of debate between United fans, with many feeling that he still has something to offer Manchester United’s new look side, especially given his experience.
The jury is definitely still out on this one, and the prospects of the sale really need to be broken down.
With that, here are TWO pros and TWO cons to Manchester United selling Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer….
Starting off with the most likely reason behind the impending sale of Schweinsteiger; the fact of the matter is that he is definitely reaching the twilight of his career, and Jose Mourinho must ask the question of whether he still represents good value for money in his new look Man United side.
You have to remember that Mourinho didn’t sign the German midfielder, and judging by recent events he likely isn’t a player that he would have looked to sign.
With Mourinho spending big money bringing in players like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he must be looking towards club finances; and Schweinsteiger commands a huge wage, especially for a player that won’t play each and every week.
Last season the German midfielder did not represent good value for money, in what many described as a very disappointing campaign, and it makes sense that Mourinho would look to cut United’s losses and move him on.
But on the contrary, with age comes experience.
Jose Mourinho is building a very youthful and exciting squad at Manchester United, and as a result of that he is trimming the average age of the squad right down.
Very few of United’s stars have experience of winning titles and Champions Leagues, and you cannot underestimate the importance of having players with the experience and knowhow of competing at the highest level in the dressing room.
You just have to look at Chelsea last season, who lost the majority of their leaders – and then fell apart.
True, Schweinsteiger has only been at the club for a year; but he will still be seen as a role model for the younger players; and having him in the dressing room can only be a good thing.
On top of that, lets not forget that Bastian Scheweinsteiger is still a fantastic footballer.
Sure he had a poor season last year, but he proved with Germany this summer that he can still go with the very best of them.
Even an out of form Schweinsteiger has enough to compete with the quality of Man Utd’s current midfielders, and so he could definitely do a job in the middle of the park next season.
When he is fit and available he is still one of the best central midfielders in world football, and Jose Mourinho would be STUPID to see that sort of quality leave the club this summer.
However, looking at Schweinsteiger’s injury record, the fact of the matter is that he isn’t able to show his quality off often enough to warrant the cost of keeping him at the club.
Germany were lucky that the European Championships came at a good time where the midfielder was fully fit, but that would almost certainly not be the case over a full Premier League season where the club are playing close to 50 games a year in all competitions.
Consistent fitness and game time is a crucial component of building a successful Premier League side; and Schweinsteiger unfortunately does not fit that mould.
What do you think United fans? Should Mourinho keep the German veteran or move him on and buy someone younger? Let us know.