Manchester United have added veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to their squad for Middlesbrough clash on Saturday.
The 32-year old has been included in Jose Mourinho’s squad for the Premier League fixture against Middlesbrough on Saturday. Usually, the players included in the squad arrive at Lowry Hotel in Manchester, one day before the game. It is understood that Schweinsteiger was also present in the team hotel yesterday.
On New Year’s Eve, Manchester United will face newly promoted Middlesbrough in a Premier League fixture at Old Trafford. The latest news suggests that the veteran German midfielder will be featuring in Manchester United’s clash tonight.
Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United from Bayern Munich in 2015 for a reported fee around £6.5 million. It was assumed as a cheap buy, considering player’s reputation in the football world. But he struggled to find his form under former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. He played just 18 Premier League games for the Red Devils in his first season.
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In his second season, the World Cup Winner wasn’t even involved in Manchester United squad by Jose Mourinho. Schweinsteiger was asked to train with the U-23 team and was also said that he was free to move from Old Trafford.
He was sidelined for the most part of 2016 with injuries, but still, his professionalism convinced Mourinho to hand him a first-team appearance. Recently, he was called back into first team action when he made a substitute appearance during EFL Cup quarter-final against West Ham United on 30 November 2016.
As per the latest report, it is clear that Schweinsteiger will be in the Manchester United’s squad for their clash against Middlesbrough. There has been no further confirmation on whether he will start or not.
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Mourinho has made it clear that he doesn’t want to sell any players. But the manager also admits that if the player wishes to move then he won’t block the transfer. “I don’t want to sell players. The club and the board is totally with me,” Mourinho said on Friday. “But as I’ve said, if a player is not having lots of minutes and really wants to leave, we have no right to stop him leaving if the conditions are our conditions.”
Manchester United will face West Ham United just 48 hours after their match against Middlesbrough. It is understood that Mourinho will be rotating his squad during this busy festive period.