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Classy Bastian Schweinsteiger Moves To MLS But Remains Much Loved By Fans

The announcement that Bastian Schweinsteiger will leave Manchester United with immediate effect in order to join MLS outfit Chicago Fire will not have come as a surprise to many fans at Old Trafford, having been all but exiled from the first team setup by manager Jose Mourinho.

The former Germany captain has been out of the fold for large spells of the season and was even deemed worthless when the club listed their assets over a year ago.

There has been a huge amount of gratitude and praise from fans and players alike towards the World Cup winner since the announcement of his leaving, with many clearly feeling that he has been given a hard time since moving to the Premier League under Louis van Gaal before being given the cold shoulder by the former Chelsea manager.

Although this is true, football remains a business and this marks another stage of Mourinho’s overhaul and eventual climb back to the upper echelons of world football.

The Portuguese has already sold both Morgan Schneiderlin and Mephis Depay in January, as well as claiming that there are players in his squad that he never would have bought and three that he would have never sold (Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Angel di Maria).

It is clear, then, that the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss, who insisted on last summer’s signings to bring in a new spine, has a well laid out plan to get Manchester United back to where they were under Sir Alex Ferguson, whom he has recently brought back to the ‘heart’ of the club.

The loss of Schweinsteiger then can only be a good thing for the United manager as he looks ahead to next season. Despite moving up to fifth over the weekend, a top four finish still looks a way off for Mourinho in his first season at the club, meaning focus will shift to the Europa League in order to secure Champions League football for next season.

Considering their draw with Anderlecht and the other sides remaining in UEFA’s second tier competition, you would back United to rather easily go all the way and lift the Europa League this season.

With that in mind, the powers that be in Manchester would be wise to start plotting ahead for the summer window, in which Mourinho will need to bolster further in order to avoid a similar league campaign this time next year.

It would have been clear to those in the hot seat at Old Trafford that Schweinsteiger would be leaving sooner rather than later. However, should they have gone into the summer without assurances, any deals for an improved replacement would have been up in the air.

Therefore, whilst some who may have been hoping to see him back in a United shirt and making an impact will be disappointed, a quick and formal exit for the German suits everyone at the club going forward.