Ian Wright: Why I admire this Man United midfielder, he’s inspiring
The Arsenal legend is full of praise for Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger
Ian Wright has hailed Bastian Schweinsteiger as an inspiring player in the Manchester United squad.
The retired Germany international scored his first Manchester United goal at Old Trafford in the Red Devils’s 4-0 win against Championship side Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup in what was his first start of the 2016-17 season under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Louis van Gaal’s successor initially banished Schweinsteiger to train with the club’s Under-23 players after deeming the midfielder surplus to requirements at Old Trafford despite the defensive midfielder’s vast experience.
However, the former Bayern Munich and Germany captain worked his way back into Mourinho’s plans after he was recalled to the Manchester United squad and handed a flurry of substitute appearances in the EFL Cup.
Speaking to BBC Sport’s 606 podcast after Schweinsteiger’s second Manchester United goal in a 4-0 win against the Latics, Wright was full of praise for the example that the midfielder has set at Old Trafford.
“When you look at Bastian Schweinsteiger, people were saying Jose Mourinho didn’t want him and he was training with the kids,” said Wright.
“People talk so highly of him because he is also imparting his experience to the kids and talking to them and inspiring them. The way that he has conducted himself – and we’re talking about a World Cup winner and has played at a high level from a young age – staying there and going in professionally to the point where Jose Mourinho has to bring him back in.
“We don’t hear enough of that.”
Schweinsteiger won seven Bundesliga titles during his Bayern career.