By Andrew Hyslop
- Schweinsteiger completed moved to MLS and Chicago Fire this week
- Mourinho admits he made errors in his handling of the German legend
Manchester United manager has spoken about the way he handled Bastian Schweinsteiger in the summer and stressed that he couldn’t stop the German from leaving the club
Despite admitting that Schweinsteiger would have been a useful player for him in a busy final few months of the season, Jose Mourinho has stressed that couldn’t keep the German at Old Trafford.
Schweinsteiger was frozen out of the first-team picture at Old Trafford following the arrival of Mourinho in the summer.
The German legend was forced to train alone with a fitness coach or with the clubs younger players.
Schweinsteiger impressed Mourinho with his attitude and influence and was recalled to first-team training but only made four appearances in the first-team this season.
He now embarks on his new career in the United States with the best wishes of everyone associated with Manchester United including Mourinho.
Mourinho Quotes On Schweinsteiger
“Bastian is in the category of players that I feel sorry for something that I did to him,” revealed the boss at his pre-West Brom press conference. “I don’t want to speak about him as a player, I don’t want to speak about him as whether I would buy him or not to buy him. I want to speak about him as a professional.”
“I want to speak about him as a human being and that was the last thing I told him before he left – ‘I was not right with you once, I have to be right to you now’. So, when he was asking me to let him leave, I had to say ‘yes, you can leave’ because I did it once, I cannot do it twice, so I feel sorry for the first period with him. He knows that.”
“I’m happy that he knows because I told him and I will miss a good guy, a good professional, a good influence in training. A very good influence. So I couldn’t stop him going, even though, until the end of the season, we have so many matches and probably we would need him for a few matches or a few periods. I had to let him go and now publicly we wish him and his wife a very happy life in Chicago.”
“Yes, yes, I do [regret his treatment last summer],” he added. “I would let him be in the squad. I knew, at that moment, we had too many players. If you remember, at that time, we had many players in this doubtful situation and we still had Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay and we had Andreas Pereira and Tyler Blackett and James Wilson.”
“We had a huge squad in the beginning. But, after knowing him as a professional, and as a person, the way he was behaving and the way he was respecting my decisions as a manager, yes, I regret it and it is no problem for me to admit it and he knows that because I told him.”
All quotes taken from ManUtd.com