The victim No. 1 of José Mourinho’s antagonistic management has so far proven to be Germany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has reportedly been booted out of the first team dressing room and carted off to the reserves. He has featured in neither pre-season nor the season proper, and there remains the possibility he’ll be ushered out of Manchester United before the transfer deadline slams shut.
However, unlike Victor Valdés — who was put in a similar situation by Louis van Gaal last season — Schweinsteiger has rightly judged the best course of action to be in accordance with the fair and reasonable man he is. Today, he posted the following message on Twitter:
A brief message to the amazing fans about my current situation. @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/Rf3jLKNwK4— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) August 24, 2016
Of course, it could be read in a couple of ways: either as an (probably futile) attempt at extending a hand of friendship to Mourinho, or as a wink and a nudge towards the bigger teams in North America. Still, it’s a perfectly sensible message from Schweinsteiger, who probably does deserve some slightly better treatment than he’s received since Mourinho’s arrival.