Arsenal legend explains why Bastian Schweinsteiger has part to play at Man United

Martin Keown believes Germany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger does have a future at Manchester United

Martin Keown believes Bastian Schweinsteiger does have a future at Manchester United.

The Germany legend made his first appearance of the 2016-17 season on Wednesday night after the 32-year-old was an 87th-minute substitute in their 4-1 victory over West Ham United in the EFL Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford.

Schweinsteiger had been out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho after the former Real Madrid manager replaced Louis van Gaal at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The former Bayern Munich midfielder was initially sent to train with Manchester United’s Under-21 side before Mourinho restored the Bundesliga legend to his first-team squad at the start of November.

And Schweinsteiger completed his return from exile with his three-minute cameo against the Hammers in Wednesday night’s EFL Cup clash.

Former Arsenal defender Keown admitted that he wasn’t surprised to see Mourinho turn to Schweinsteiger, adding that he would love to see the Bayern legend become a regular fixture in the Manchester United side.

“I do, and I’m not surprised he’s coming back,” Keown told The Daily Mail.

“I would love to see him get more football. Nothing pains me more than to see good players sitting watching from the sidelines.

“People may have felt he didn’t give much last season but he was still deemed good enough to make the Germany squad fair Euro 2016, where he featured in five of their six matches.

“He may prove a useful player for United this season and should be in their matchday squad.”

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