Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that he was banished from the Manchester United dressing room by Jose Mourinho on his birthday.
The German midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements just weeks after Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford in 2016, despite playing 31 times for the club during the previous campaign.
He said he wasn’t even given an explanation and that Mourinho’s actions made him fall out of love with the club altogether.
“It was very strange, on my birthday I came to the dressing room and wanted to change, but then someone told me I’m not allowed to,” Schweinsteiger said on Manchester United’s official podcast.
“I had to change in the dressing room with the second team. I was very hurt because no one was talking to me.
“I had a lot of respect for [Mourinho] obviously but I did not understand why I was not allowed to train with the first team,” he added.
“Mourinho [later] apologised and said he made a mistake which of course was nice, but I lost my heart and love a little bit towards the club.”
The World Cup winner played just four times under the Portuguese manager before leaving for MLS side Chicago Fire in January 2017.
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Schweinsteiger’s arrival 18 months earlier had been seen as something of a coup for the Red Devils following the player’s impressive 13-year stint at Bayern Munich where he helped the club win eight Bundesliga titles as well as the Champions League.
At his best, Schweinsteiger was one of the European football’s most capable and versatile central midfielders, and should’ve had a lot left in the tank after arriving at United aged just 31.
But an underwhelming debut season under Louis van Gaal set the wrong tone, and by the time Mourinho arrived it was all but over for the German.