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Mourinho: Bastian Schweinsteiger has played last game for Manchester United

By Graham Luney

Published 27/08/2016

Big call: Jose Mourinho wants to offload Bastian Schweinsteiger
Big call: Jose Mourinho wants to offload Bastian Schweinsteiger

Jose Mourinho says he's bringing down the curtain on Bastian Schweinsteiger's Manchester United career.

The United boss even suggested there is more chance of academy players featuring in his side than the 32-year-old German.

When asked yesterday if there was any chance Schweinsteiger could play for United at all this season, Mourinho replied: "I think it's very difficult to happen.

"I'm not saying it's impossible. I'm saying it's very difficult.

"We have a decision completely made about (Paul) Pogba, (Ander) Herrera, (Morgan) Schneiderlin, (Marouane) Fellaini and Michael Carrick (Schweinsteiger's fellow central midfielders).

"We have five players for two positions. It's very difficult that an opportunity will arrive.''

And Mourinho added: "If we have any kind of problem or opportunity I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to give an acceleration in their process by bringing them up now."

Earlier this week Schweinsteiger said he would not be joining another club in Europe and added of his current employers: "I will be ready if the team needs me.''

The former Chelsea boss has also had a dig back at Karl-Heinz Rummenigge following the Bayern Munich chairman's criticism of how he has handled the former Germany midfielder.

After reports emerged of the ex-Bayern man and World Cup winner being made to train with United's reserves by Mourinho, Rummenigge was quoted earlier this month as saying he could "hardly believe'' such treatment, labelling it "a lack of respect for a worthy player''.

Mourinho hit back, saying: "I thought after I read some quotes from people at Bayern Munich that they would run to Manchester to bring him (Schweinsteiger) back, but no, that did not happen.

"I am quite surprised that Mr Rummenigge is not here now to take him back.''

Schweinsteiger has two years left on the United contract he signed when joining them last summer, and in terms of the prospect of him staying on at the club despite not playing, Mourinho said: "I cannot answer for him. It's his life. It's his career.

"He has a contract with Man United and has the right to make that decision to stay.

"That's not a problem for us. Football is made of decisions. I did that all my career.

"Not just me, everyone does. Some players react in a different way and have other kind of decisions. Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave this last statement, which he is completely free to do, in an objective and polite way like he did. There are no problems at all.'' Having signed Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly this summer, Mourinho said that no more players will be arriving at the club in the remaining days of the transfer window.

"I think we are going to have a very quiet week,'' said the Portuguese, who also revealed United midfielder Andreas Pereira is set to join Granada on loan.

"Not surrounded by helicopters waiting for somebody to arrive or leave. I am more than happy with the squad I have.''

Mourinho was speaking ahead of this evening's trip to Hull, where the Red Devils will be looking to make it three wins out of three Premier League fixtures.

Jesse Lingard and Chris Smalling are both pushing for starting places in the United side.

Smalling made his first appearance of the season by coming off the bench in the 2-0 win over Southampton.

Premier League fixtures: Today (3pm unless stated): Tottenham v Liverpool (12.30), Chelsea v Burnley, Crystal Palace v Bournemouth, Everton v Stoke, Leicester v Swansea, Southampton v Sunderland, Watford v Arsenal, Hull v Man Utd (5.30). Tomorrow: West Brom v Middlesbrough (1.30), Man City v West Ham (4pm).

Belfast Telegraph

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