ILKAY SUR­PRISED WITH SNUB

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MANCH­ESTER UNITED would be bet­ter off hav­ing mid­fielder Bastian Sch­we­in­steiger in the side, Manch­ester City’s Ilkay Gundogan has said of his fel­low Ger­man, who re­mains un­likely to fig­ure in man­ager Jose Mour­inho’s plans. Af­ter mak­ing 18 Pre­mier League ap­pear­ances last sea­son, 32-year-old Sch­we­in­steiger has failed to turn out for United since the Por­tuguese coach re­placed Louis van Gaal in the close sea­son. “I be­lieve that Manch­ester United could 100% ben­e­fit from a fit Bastian Sch­we­in­steiger,” Gundogan told Sport Bild mag­a­zine. Gundogan, who was named in Ger­many’s squad for this month’s World Cup qual­i­fiers af­ter al­most a year out of the side due to in­jury prob­lems, be­lieves he can fill the void for his coun­try fol­low­ing Sch­we­in­steiger’s in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment. “I trusted my­self to do that be­fore (Sch­we­in­steiger’s re­tire­ment), but this has noth­ing to do with say­ing his re­tire­ment is pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive. We should be thank­ful that we had such a great player,” he added.

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