Mour­inho ex­plains de­ci­sion to re­call Sch­we­in­steiger

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho says Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger is back train­ing with the first-team squad partly so the mid­fielder can im­prove his con­di­tion ahead of a po­ten­tial de­par­ture in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

The for­mer Ger­many cap­tain has not fea­tured for United this sea­son un­der Mour­inho, and has been train­ing away from the se­nior squad.

Mour­inho de­cided last week that the 32-year-old Sch­we­in­steiger should re­join first-team train­ing, and said yes­ter­day “he'll be in much bet­ter con­di­tion, in case his fu­ture de­ci­sion is to leave the club, to go di­rect to com­pe­ti­tion.”

Mour­inho said Sch­we­in­steiger could only play his way back into the team “if one day we have prob­lems in mid­field.”

Sch­we­in­steiger hasn't played for United since March.

His last com­pet­i­tive match was as a sub­sti­tute in Ger­many's loss to France in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nals in July.

Mour­inho was speak­ing ahead of United's Europa League group match against Fener­bahce in Turkey to­day. Sch­we­in­steiger isn't in United's squad for the game.

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