The ridiculous spat between Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Bastian Schweinsteiger appears to have taken another twist.
Having been frozen out by the Portuguese tactician since his arrival in the summer, Schweinsteiger has yet to make a single appearance for United so far this season.
While he evidently doesn’t figure in Mourinho’s plans moving forward and will likely be forced into considering an exit in January, The Mirror report that the former Bayern Munich and Germany international has now been blocked from playing for the Under-23s side.
It’s claimed that reserve boss Warren Joyce had requested the World Cup winner be available for selection for his side, but Mourinho has reiterated that he will not play at any level and can only train.
If true, it’s another bizarre development between the pair as Mourinho ultimately has no desire to see Schweinsteiger remain at Old Trafford beyond this season.
To his credit, the veteran midfielder has remained professional throughout and continues to support his teammates from the sidelines regardless of whether or not he gets any playing time.
However, he’ll want to play football regularly at this stage of his career, regardless of the reported £170,000-a-week salary that he’s currently on at United, as noted by The Mirror, and if he prioritises that over money, then an exit in January is more than likely to happen.