Gary Neville ‘stunned’ as Bastian Schweinsteiger reveals ‘illegal’ treatment under Jose Mourinho at Man United


Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed Jose Mourinho banished him from the Manchester United first-team and made him train with the Under-16s for three months without explanation.

The former Germany international and World Cup winner won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League with Bayern Munich across a 13-year spell when he joined Manchester United in 2015, who were then managed by Louis van Gaal.

Mourinho replaced Van Gaal in the summer of 2016 but Schweinsteiger said he was ignored by Mourinho after returning to pre-season from the European Championship that summer and was banished from the first-team squad on his birthday.

Schweinsteiger told Gary Neville on the Overlap Podcast that he initially thought Mourinho’s decision was a “joke” – with former United captain Neville admitting that he was “stunned” and “embarrassed” by the revelation and claiming the way Schweinsteiger was treated was “illegal”.

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