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21st Mar 2017

Departing Bastian Schweinsteiger posts a special message for Manchester United fans

"I wish I could have done more for you..."

Simon Lloyd

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Manchester United days are officially over.

In truth, they more or less were the day Jose Mourinho walked through the doors of the AON Training complex last summer, but still…

The World Cup winner, whose only appearances for United this season have come from the bench in cup competitions, has confirmed that he is moving to Major League Soccer side, Chicago Fire.

In a statement posted on United’s website, the former Bayern Munich midfielder thanked those that had helped him during his less than two-year stay in Manchester (even the manager), singling out the club’s supporters for special praise.

‘I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United,’ he said. ‘But I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire.

‘I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans – whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester.

‘I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion. Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it.’

Aside from this, he posted a special video in which he addresses the United supporters.

A gent to the end.

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