Manchester United vs. West Ham EFL 2016: Schweinsteiger set to start

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Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could make his debut against West Ham United at the EFL Cup on Wednesday. This will be the German’s first match since Jose Mourinho’s takeover at Old Trafford as the new manager.

Schweinsteiger is yet to feature for the Red Devils in the current season under Mourinho. However, it is being reported that the Portuguese will have no problem giving the former Bayern Munich man a start on Wednesday, according to Sky Sports.

The 32-year-old was named on the bench last week in United’s Premier League draw against West Ham. This could be an early indication from Mourinho of starting the player in the EFL Cup.

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During the start of the season, the German World Cup winner was told that he has no future at Old Trafford. Schweinsteiger was banned from training with the first-team squad and was made to train with the reserves. He was also omitted from United’s Europa League squad.

Schweinsteiger was also written off as an asset in United’s financial figures for 2016. This was seen as the final nail to the coffin of the player’s future at Old Trafford.

The former Germany international was asked to talk to other clubs in a bid to seek out a transfer away from Manchester. Schweinsteiger reportedly had an interest from Major League Soccer (MLS). But, the midfielder decided to stay and fight for his place at his present club.

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However, in recent weeks, there has been a change in attitude regarding the player at Old Trafford. Schweinsteiger was called back to training with United’s first-team squad. He was eventually named on the substitutes bench on Sunday in the Premier League.

The player’s attitude has impressed the top officials in the Manchester United boardroom. With Paul Pogba and Maroaune Fellaini suspended for the ELF Cup tie, Schweinsteiger could be named in the starting XI.

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Bayern Munich president urges Schweinsteiger to make Manchester United pay

Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich presided has urged Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to make his current club bleed until the final day of his contract.

“If I were him, I would make the people in Manchester pay until his last day. That’s what this club [United] deserves for what they’ve done to him. They should be punished.” Hoeness, who was re-elected to the role of Bayern president on Friday said, as reported by ESPN.

Hoeness has also claimed that Schweinsteiger will retire soon from football. The player doesn’t have a fire left in him anymore for one final challenge.

The 64-year-old has asked the Red Devils midfielder to set different priorities in his life.

“I wish he would concentrate more on starting a family.” Hoeness added.

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