Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will reportedly consider a move to New York City FC if he can’t save his Red Devils career.
The 32-year-old ended his international career on an emotional night in Monchengladbach on Wednesday, and so his focus will now return to club matters in the weeks ahead.
Having been snubbed in pre-season and also having failed to feature in any of United’s Premier League games so far, it doesn’t look as though Jose Mourinho has plans to use the former Bayern Munich star.
As reported by The Sun, Schweinsteiger was asked about the possibility of a move Stateside following the game against Finland on Wednesday, and he left the door slightly ajar for a switch.
“New York is a great city, but I have a contract with United until 2018 and you know what the atmosphere is like at Old Trafford.”
“It’s my dream to run out there for Manchester United again. I hope I get the chance to help the team again.”
Given that Mourinho has opted to use Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba in the two central midfield roles so far this season, coupled with Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick providing cover, it doesn’t look particularly positive for Schweinsteiger moving forward.
If he is able to fight his way through the competition and secure playing time, then he will undoubtedly stay at Old Trafford.
However, with no international football on his agenda anymore, he will surely not want to spend the next two years sitting on the bench for United when he could be enjoying the latter stages of his career in a prominent role elsewhere.
It remains to be seen whether or not MLS could be welcoming the World Cup winner any time soon, and if the link to New York City FC is genuine, it would also see him link up with Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard in the Big Apple with the franchise having to make space for another overseas player to join.