Photo: Bastian Schweinsteiger sends heartfelt message to Man United duo

The Manchester United midfielder sends birthday wishes to Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling

Bastian Schweinsteiger has sent birthday wishes to Manchester United pair Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling ahead of their clash against Feyenoord at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

The former Germany international hasn’t made a Premier League appearance in the 2016-17 season so far since Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May.

Schweinsteiger’s Old Trafford exile was ended earlier this month when the World Cup winner trained with Mourinho’s squad ahead of their trip to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

The 32-year-old moved to the Red Devils in a £6.7m deal from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the 2015 summer transfer window.

However, Schweinsteiger has maintained his role as the Manchester United squad’s chief cheerleader after the German legend dedicated an Instagram message to Fellaini and Smalling.

The Manchester United midfielder posted the above photo and wrote the following caption on his Instagram page:

“All the best to both my teammates, @fellaini and @smalling 🎊”

Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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The Red Devils will host West Ham United in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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