Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal blasted Jose Mourinho for the way he treated Bastian Schweinsteiger during his time at Old Trafford.
The 33-year-old was frozen from first-team football by the Portuguese coach following Van Gaal’s sacking in May 2016 and the ex-Germany captain made a brief return to the squad before eventually moved on to Major League Soccer outfit Chicago Fire last March.
Mourinho admitted regret at the way he handled things and the treatment that irked the Dutchman.
“Schweinsteiger was, of course, older but not too old,” Van Gal Sports Bild.
“His body was not able to keep up with the high demands of Premier League.
“Bayern sold him to us as fit player, but, in fact, physically he had reached the end. How Mourinho treated him after me, Schweini did not deserve this. But it explains the situation, how it stood with Schweinsteiger.
“It’s a shame because he is a player like Luis Enrique, Mark van Bommel or Philipp Lahm – the guys who always present on the pitch.”
Schweinsteiger made a total of 35 appearances for United, just four of which came under Mourinho.