Manchester United star holds crisis talks with club

February 26th 2017, Wembley Stadium, London, England; EFL League Cup final, Southampton v Manchester United; Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United talking to one of the back room staff during the player celebration with the EFL League Cup Trophy (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)
February 26th 2017, Wembley Stadium, London, England; EFL League Cup final, Southampton v Manchester United; Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United talking to one of the back room staff during the player celebration with the EFL League Cup Trophy (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images) /
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Bastian Schweinsteiger is ready to leave Manchester United

When a seldom used midfielder holds a three-hour meeting with club officials it’s pretty obvious that his career isn’t going to plan. That’s just what happened yesterday with Bastian Schweinsteiger and a group of officials from Manchester United.

The Mirror reports that the German star met with officials from the club at a Manchester hotel yesterday. Most believe the subject of the meeting was whether or not Schweinsteiger will remain at Old Trafford for the duration of his contract with United.

Currently, his deal is slated to keep him in England through 2018. It’s very likely that he won’t finish this contract at Manchester United. He’s suffered a wildly inconsistent campaign under manager Jose Mourinho. Earlier in the season he was banished to train with the youth, but now he’s at least returned to the outer fringes of the senior squad.

That return is of little consolation to Schweinsteiger. He is a proud player who is used to competing at the highest level. Even if age has robbed his body of the ability to play at the pinnacle of European football, he still can help a number of big clubs. Schweinsteiger may not be a starter for a Champions League club at this point in his career, but he could help a number of clubs as a wily veteran off the bench.

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If you think of it, Schweinsteiger in his current state isn’t all that different from Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas. Sure, the German is considerably older than his Spanish peer, but both are forced to rely almost exclusively on their skill at this point in their respective careers. Neither man is going to win many foot races against Premier League midfielders.

As a result, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte picks and chooses the right matchups for his veteran midfielder. That’s the same blueprint another club could use with Schweinsteiger. He isn’t a suitable player to deploy against extremely athletic competition, but he can still pick a terrific pass out on a regular basis.

Manchester United fans who are fond of Bastian Schweinsteiger need to enjoy him while they still can. Look for the German star to return to his native land, the United States or China at his earliest opportunity.

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He didn’t hold a three-hour meeting with club officials to express his undying gratitude to Jose Mourinho. Schweinsteiger will be on the move soon.