Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of the gems of German football, who is adored and respected by many in the footballing fraternity.
Schweinsteiger is a superb reader of the game and has scored spectacularly due to his good positioning. He has previously been called “the brain” of the German national team by Joachim Löw.
After serving Bayern Munich for 13 years making exactly 500 appearances, Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United on a three-year contract for a fee of €9million (£6.5million).
But things didn’t fell in place for ‘Basti’. So where did it go wrong for the German?
Schweinsteiger was terrific in his several seasons with Bayern Munich, contributing to winning multiple trophies at the club, including the Champions League. But since 2013-14 season, Bastian had his opportunities marred due to injuries, keeping him on sidelines for longer duration.
In 2013-14 season itself, Basti missed 28 games for Bayern due to injuries. In the following season, the German missed 22 games as a result making only 28 appearances for the Bavarian giants.
Persistent problems with injuries saw Bastian falling down the pecking order in Guardiola’s plans.
Wrong place at the wrong time?
Louis Van Gaal’s first year saw Manchester United return to the Champions League and to compete at the highest level, transfers were sanctioned. Basti was deemed surplus to requirements and Pep Guardiola decided to deport then 31 year old German to Manchester United.
This transfer could have been a blockbuster if it was carried out in the Ferguson era.
The physicality of the English game couldn’t have supported the German. Although the German struggled with fitness, still managed 31 appearances for the club but missed a potential 24 games for the Red Devils.
Bastian Schweinsteiger didn’t had a very good tournament like the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His contribution to the squad weren’t much significant and was even blamed by a section of fans for Germany’s exit from the semi-finals.
Basti started the tournament well by scoring a goal against Ukraine but failed to capitalise on it. The German missed a penalty in a nail biting shootout against the Italians in the quarter finals.
Making matters worse, the midfielder was penalised for handball to concede the penalty that brought the first of Antoine Griezmann’s two goals as hosts France eliminated the 2014 World Cup winners in Marseille.
The transfer rumours of Paul Pogba has worsened matters for the decorated German. With Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin already at the club and Paul Pogba expected to complete his protracted transfer this week.
With so many central midfielders, the combination of age and injury problems surely sees Bastian out of the squad, the German is again a subject of move.
According to AS, the Portuguese tactician has told Bastian Schweinsteiger he is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, and has ordered him to train away from club’s first team. It is quite disrespectful to the German and may join Bayern Munich as inferred from Rummenigge told German outlet Bild: “Should he [Schweinsteiger] speak in the future at some point about a desire to return then we will discuss it with him.”
Basti should opt or try for a transfer to the Ligue 1, Serie A or MLS clubs which would have easier avenues than the Premier League (in terms of physicality).
With Milan clubs monitoring the situation, the German has to accept a huge wage cut as Schweinsteiger is said to earn around £200,000-a-week at United.
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