German forward Lukas Podolski has hinted that Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could make his way to the MLS after being relegated to the reserves by manager Jose Mourinho. The midfielder has been asked to play with the U-23s but is yet to make a single appearance for the reserve side as an overage player, something which has not gone down well with Podolski.
Schweinsteiger made 18 appearances for United last season and also led the national side to the semi-finals of the Euros, where he was an influential figure in the middle. However, it was too little too late for the Portuguese manager, who has told him that he has no future at United and may look for opportunities abroad. Podolski, who has played with the German at Bayern Munich and the national team, feels that Schweinsteiger has been given a raw deal.
Speaking to Bild, Podolski said, as translated by the Mirror: "I think America is great. Moving abroad is good for personality development and it would also be good for our children. Clearly it would be possible to play with Schweinsteiger in the States. What happened to (Schweinsteiger) is unfair. It is not correct to deport Basti to the second team. A coach must always keep the doors open to all players."
Meanwhile, all is well at Old Trafford yet again after United decimated Champions Leicester City in the a 4-1 drubbing, with three goals coming from corners. Chris Smalling, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba scored for the Red Devils, but the major talking point was the omission of Wayne Rooney from the XI, who came on as a second-half substitute.
"I don't think this result was because of the changes," said Mourinho on Rooney, as quoted by the Mirror. "I think it was down to the fact that we started very well and didn't stop until the game was closed.
"Normally, we are better in the second half rather than the first, but we started with intensity, movement and dynamism. To win at home, against the champions, is very good. Today was about the result and the happiness of the fans. We didn't beat Leicester last season. But now we have already beaten them twice."