Michael Ballack has brought into question the success of Bastian Schweinsteiger’s transfer from Bayern Munich to Manchester United. The former Germany captain feels Schweinsteiger may have been better off remaining at his former club.
Schweinsteiger surprised many in the football world when he announced his transfer to United in 2015. Up to that point he had been a one man club player having joined Bayern’s youth system in 1998. The midfielder was 32 years of age and had won practically all available trophies with Bayern and the German national side.
However, his time at United has been less succesful. Injuries have plagued the player from making a large impact at the club. Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager has not helped his cause. The German has often been left out of the squad, while other central midfielders such as Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera have been prefered for the starting line-up. Schweinsteiger has only made four appearances this season.
Rumors have circulated that United are looking for a way to transfer or cut ties with Schweinsteiger. However, the player looks to have earned back some of his manager’s trust. Mourinho has made an effort to give him more playing time.
Former Germany team-mate Michael Ballack says he is not surprised by the evolution of Schweinsteiger’s career.
“When the transfer happened, he already was past his prime, because of injuries as well. I am not that surprised by this development. The Premier League is a different kind of league, in terms of physicality. He has a difficult time with the manager but the fans and the club love him. I hope he’ll be able to close this chapter feeling satisfied.”
Schweinsteiger is expected to be part of United’s squad when they play FC Rostov in the Europa League. Their first leg encounter ended 1-1. Manchester United are seen as major favorites to win the Europa League trophy this season.