Van Gaal: ‘Schweini did not deserve Mourinho treatment’

Date published: Wednesday 28th February 2018 1:00 - Sarah Winterburn

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that Bastian Schweinsteiger was not fit enough for the Premier League but still claims that he was treated badly by Jose Mourinho.

The German midfielder was brought to United in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer at the age of 31 but was physically incapable of playing Premier League football.

After the sacking of Van Gaal, Mourinho entirely froze him out of the first-team picture and made him train with the reserves before he left for the MLS.

“Schweinsteiger was older, of course, but not too old,” Van Gaal told Sport Bild. “Still, his body was not able to keep up with the high demands of the Premier League.

“Bayern sold him to us as a fit player, but, in reality, physically he had reached the end.

“How Mourinho treated him after me, Schweini did not deserve this. But it also explains how things were with Schweinsteiger.

“It’s a shame because he is a player like Luis Enrique, Mark van Bommel or Philipp Lahm, a character always present on the pitch.”

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