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24th Sep 2016

Bastian Schweinsteiger gets the Víctor Valdés treatment as Manchester United indignity continues

Ghost in the corridors.

Patrick McCarry

You keep asking yourself, ‘Can it get any worse?’ The answer is ‘YES!’

Team photo day.

You can imagine how awkward it must have been for the Manchester United players to keep this from Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The former Bayern Munich and Germany captain, and World Cup winner two short years ago, has been reduced to a £280,000-a-week ambassadorial role for the club after José Mourinho decided to effectively pull the plug on his United career.

Schweinsteiger is training away from the first team, was told to clear out his locker and relocated to another part of Carrington, was left out of United’s Europa League squad and has even been written off as a loss on the club’s financial ledger.

Still, he tweets on:

As the Manchester Evening News reports, the squad assembled at Old Trafford earlier this week, to pose for the official 2016/17 team photo.

Mourinho asked 25 members of the United senior squad to attend and included his members of his coaching staff.

Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo were invited along for the shoot. Bastian Schweinsteiger was not.

You may remember Víctor Valdés suffering a similar fate last season, when Louis van Gaal froze out the 2010 World Cup winner and effectively forced him to seek pastures new.

One can just picture Schweinsteiger coming across the lads as they left training early for the photoshoot. ‘Where are you going guys?’


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