Bastian Schweinsteiger, a player that has been a huge icon in football world and of course in German football scene has found himself a new club. After playing for Bayern Munich for 14 years and a nightmarish two years for Manchester United, he has decided it’s time to go across the sea and leave his mark in MLS.
These news were official on 21st of March, when Schweinsteiger made a Twitter post, thanking all the fans, staff and players in Manchester United and stated that it’s time for a change. The same day we could see Chicago Fire posting a welcoming message for Schweinsteiger on their twitter account. In a interview, Schweinsteiger said the following:
“I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United, but I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire. “I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans—whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester.”
At the time, Schweinsteiger played at Bayern, he was without a doubt one of the key players, helping his team win 8 league titles, Champions League title, 7 German Cup titles. He also had a chance to hold a world cup title in his hands in 2014 with Germany.
However, when he joined Manchester United, things changed. He had a lot of problems with injuries so he was unable to show what he is capable of. When Mourinho joined Manchester United, things went south for Schweinsteiger, as he was not in the 1st team anymore. Mourinho insisted that there was no future for Schweinsteiger at Old Trafford. The news spread quickly and offers came from MLS, Italy and even China, but Schweinsteiger refused them and decided to rather stay and fight for his place in Manchester United. And he did get his chance, as a substitute in EFL Cup and even scored in a 4:0 FA Cup win against Wigan.
Now Bastian Schweinsteiger decided it’s time to find himself a new home and he found one in Chicago. Chicago have not been faring well in MLS(I expect them to finish higher this season, a playoff spot should be an achievable goal for them), as they finished at the bottom of the table in the last 2 seasons, so a player like Schweinsteiger might be a good addition to the team. There is no denying that injuries played a big part in his decline, but we will all hope he will not have that kind of problems in MLS and maybe rise again as he did in Bayern.