Bastian Schweinsteiger has today quit Manchester United and joined MLS club Chicago Fire.
The midfielder was reported injured for the FA Cup quarter-final tie with Chelsea and also for the Europa League fixture with Russia’s FC Rostov.
Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United in Louis Van Gaal’s second season, signing from Bayern Munich in summer 2015. He was part of the squad that lifted that seasons FA Cup, a trophy the club hadn’t won since 2004.
Announcing his departure today on social media, he left a very humble message to the club, fans and his former-colleagues in the form of a video, which you can watch below.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) March 21, 2017
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been out-of-favour this season under new manager José Mourinho. He was made to train with the under 21’s when the Portuguese manager arrived, replacing the sacked Louis Van Gaal in the summer of 2016 and was left out of the clubs Europa League squad.
The German world cup-winning captain continued to work and proved his worth to the manager by remaining fit and was called back into the side for the EFL Cup fixture versus West Ham United. Coming on to a standing ovation in place of Anthony Martial.
Things looked up for the 32-year old as the fixture list congested and he made two more cup appearances – scoring a goal too, but nothing that cemented him a place in the squad.
During the January transfer window many speculated the German would leave Old Trafford, with offers reportedly on the table from clubs around the world, but he remained and it looked from the outside that he would attain a more regular role, especially given he’d now been included in the revised Europa League squad.
Moving deeper into the year and coming towards the crunch end of the season, Schweinsteiger has only made four appearances, two in the FA Cup, one in the EFL Cup and one in the UEFA Europa League.
The midfielder was reported as a doubt for the Europa League fixtures with FC Rostov and Chelsea respectively, but it would now appear he was negotiating a deal away from the Old Trafford club.
During a very fruitful career, Schweinsteiger has won practically every major trophy he has competed for, including the coveted UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup alongside eight Bundesliga titles, an FA Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The lovable German will now play out his remaining years at Chicago Fire, where he has signed a one-year contract, with a view to extending. He will reportedly earn £70,000 per week.