FIFA World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger could be looking at a possible homecoming to his former club Bayern Munich. Reports of his possible return emerged after losing favor with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. The German has been cut from United’s first team squad, and has been relegated to train with the reserves.
According to Sky Sports, the 32-year-old midfielder was reportedly sent off to the reserves on Monday. His first team locker was cleared out and he has since been spotted training with United’s reserve players and not with Mourinho’s 23-man first squad.
Despite falling out of favor in Manchester United, it appears that he is still welcome to return to Bayern Munich. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has reportedly stated that he is open to speaking with Schweinsteiger should the 32-year-old express a desire to return to Bavaria. “Should he speak at some point about a desire to return, then we will discuss it with him,” he said.
Schweinsteiger is one of the most highly regarded players in the history of his former club. Since joining Bayern Munich, he has won 8 Bundesliga titles and 7 German Cup trophies with them. He also led the team to a Champions League victory back in 2013. Unfortunately, his success in Germany did not carry over to England. Since joining Manchester United in 2015, he has been ravaged with injuries and has spent limited time on the pitch.
With Paul Pogba looking closer to an Old Trafford comeback, Schweinsteiger might find himself permanently edged out of the team. Other stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic have also been making a big impact on Mourinho’s revamped line up. Despite the uncertainty about his future at the club, the Mirror reports that he kept an upbeat demeanor as he shared a birthday message to Manchester United fans on Monday. He expressed gratitude for the support that he has received since announcing his retirement from national team duties last week.