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Bastian Schweinsteiger makes Manchester United's Premier League squad

He may not play, but he's there if Manchester United need him or if Jose Mourinho has a change of heart.

Manchester United Training And Press Conference Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Bastian Schweinsteiger may not be Jose Mourinho's preferred option in the middle of the park, but the former German international has been included in Manchester United's squad for the forthcoming Premier League season.

In truth, it would have been an act of remarkable pettiness for him to be omitted. United have to submit a 25-man squad including eight home-grown players, and with only fifteen players that don't fall into that category, the German's inclusion hasn't come at anybody's expense. So while it may not mean that the former Bayern Munich man gets any games, it does means that Mourinho isn't out to humiliate him. Which is probably for the best.

Besides, there's the Europa League to consider, and there's almost always at least one injury crisis at some point. If you've got an experienced, intelligent, available German legend knocking around the place, it'd be negligent not to have him available as a fallback.

Full squad: Bailly, Blind, Carrick, Darmian, De Gea, Depay, El-Fitouri, Fellaini, Herrera, Ibrahimovic, Johnstone, Jones, Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Rojo, Romero, Rooney, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Smalling, Valencia, Young

First-team U21s: Fosu-Mensah, Martial, Rashford, Shaw