City star criticizes local rivals
Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has claimed that the way local rivals Manchester United have treated German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is ‘disrespectful’, and that they would be much better with the player in their side.
Schweinsteiger has been left out of Jose Mourinho’s first team plans for the season, so much so that he was written off as an asset in the club’s latest financial published records.
He was signed by Louis van Gaal in summer 2015, where he was met by a season of injury troubles. However, he did make several appearances in a United shirt.
The 32-year-old has already received support from fellow German, Lukas Podolski, and now Gundogan, another international teammate, has stated his thoughts on the matter,
“I believe that Manchester United could 100 per cent benefit from a fit Bastian Schweinsteiger,” Gundogan told Sport Bild.
“If everything you hear and read is true, you can consider it disrespectful. He’s not just some player, and also not only 18 or 19.”
United are currently 5 points behind City after 7 games, and could find them further behind with a trip to Liverpool next up for them on October 17th.
Gundogan has played in City’s last three Premier League games after returning from a serious knee injury and has backed himself to replace Schweinsteiger for Germany following the United midfielder’s retirement from international football.
“I trusted myself to do that before [Schweinsteiger’s retirement], but this has nothing to do with saying his retirement is positive or negative,” he said. “We should be thankful that we had such a great player.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10