It hasn’t taken long for Jose Mourinho to come under fire as Manchester Untied manager and this time it’s in relation to his handling of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Just to recap, The BBC reported on this one that:
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should be sent to jail for “bullying” Bastian Schweinsteiger, claims a member of world players’ union FifPro.
The German international was signed by Louis van Gaal last summer and made 31 appearances for Manchester United.
But anyone who saw United’s games will know that the once supreme midfielder was almost embarrassingly off the pace for most of the time.
He has run so many hard yards in his career that it was patently obvious that The Premier League came too late in Schweinsteiger’s career.
And the fact that the ex-Manchester United boss spent £6.5m to sign him and paid the 32-year-old wages of £150,000 left many observers rubbing their eyes in disbelief.
Manchester United has been a confused club over the last three years and what they need more than ever is a firm hand – someone who makes his feelings and decisions very clear.
You could argue that Basti was treated badly by being asked to train with the reserves but it left him in no doubt about the situation.
Mourinho has precious little time to work with his squad before the start of the season and the failed trip to China – where Manchester United’s fixture with rivals Manchester City was called off due to a dodgy pitch – didn’t help.
So TFF thinks that Mourinho acted fairly and wants to focus on the players that ARE in his plans. Had he put an arm around Basti then the German may have got mixed messages and decided to stay and fight for his place.
But Mourinho certainly can’t be blamed for Louis van Gaal’s mess and that dreadful, and almost criminally expensive, transfer blunder.