Bastian Schweinsteiger started for the first time in over a year on Sunday, and it appears it’s just the start of his return to regular action.
Following Manchester United’s win over Wigan Athletic in FA Cup play, in which Schweinsteiger scored to put a cherry on top of the 4-0 scoreline, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that the German may have earned his way back into the squad. Sure, it helped that some players have left in January, but Schweinsteiger is not on the way out with them.
“Yes, he’s staying, he’s going to the Europa League because we have opened spaces with [Memphis] Depay and [Morgan] Schneiderlin,” Mourinho said. “We don’t have many players in midfield, we don’t have many options, so obviously he is an option. Ninety minutes today was probably too hard for him, I think from minute 65/70 it was a bit difficult.”
Mourinho then praised Schweinsteiger’s professionalism. With the German out of match selection since January 9, he’s stayed the course despite others calling for United to let him free.
“If he was a good professional when he was not playing, having some minutes, some opportunities he is going to be the same good professional. With so many competitions, with so many matches that we have, he is an option.”