UNITED BOSS MAKES PLEDGE TO SCHWEINSTEIGER
Jose Mourinho has quashed rumours linking Bastian Schweinsteiger with a move away from Old Trafford this January by promising the German that he can work his way into his plans.
The United manager told the BBC Sportahead after Schweinsteiger scored in their 4-0 win over Wigan in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.
"Luke is normal - he was injured and he's been training to be back in the team so it's a normal opportunity for him," said the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss.
"Basti may be a surprise for some as we made that decision not to have him in the squad for a couple of months. Since the moment he's been back with the team, he's fighting also for his chances with so many matches as we have now. We've the postponed match [at Manchester City] because of the EFL Cup final, the Europa League and the fact that Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay left the club.
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"The squad is shorter and we need him. Today is an opportunity for him to play and show that he is ready - even for the Premier League."
Mourinho also confirmed the former Bayern Munich midfield ace would be added to his Europa League squad.
"He is staying and he is going on the Europa League list because we opened spaces with Depay and Schneiderlin leaving," he said. "We don’t have many players; in midfield we don’t have many options, so obviously he is an option.
"Ninety minutes today was probably too hard for him but it was important for him to have an impact with his volley and now I think he’s happy. If he was a good professional when he was not playing, now he’s having some minutes and opportunities he’s going to be the same good professional. With so many matches and competitions, he’s going to be an option."
The former Germany midfielder's last start was 386 days ago when the Red Devils beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the third round of the same competition last term.
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