Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken out about Bastian Schweinsteiger’s situation at the Old Trafford club, stating that he does not have room for the German veteran in his squad.
The former Chelsea boss has taken the reins at Old Trafford and has wasted little time in moulding his playing squad with a handful of new signings.
However, this means that a host of the existing players are expected to be surplus to requirements and will be told they can leave the Red Devils.
Schweinsteiger has been ordered to train with the reserves and is not part of Mourinho’s plans, which has provoked ire back in his native Germany.
Asked about the issue at a press conference, Mourinho has stated that there simply is not room for the former Bayern Munich general in his group for 2016-17.
“I have to make my decisions, it’s simple,” The Daily Mail quote the Portuguese as saying.
“What is happening is what happens in every club in the world, and that is the manager decides his squad.
“The truth is you want a certain number of players to face the season and that’s it. I normally like to work with 20 players plus three goalkeepers, which is what I do for 15 years.
“But we have so many competitions, and especially the Europa League which is a competition that changes a lot for the season because you can play 15 matches, you play on Thursdays and have a big risk of travelling a lot.
“Normally you are going to play in the Premier League on Sunday.
“So I made the decision to be with 23 players plus three goalkeepers which is still a lot. I have to make my decisions. It’s simple.”
Schweinsteiger recently announced his retirement from international football and looks set to possibly return to Germany given that he does not have a future at United.