Bastian Schweinsteiger says it was never his intention to leave Manchester United, but was “surprised” to be frozen out under Jose Mourinho.
The World Cup winner saw injury ruin the end of his 2015-16 season, while the current campaign got off to the worst possible start as he was exiled from the first-team picture at Old Trafford.
“I wanted to play for United, I wanted to play at Old Trafford. It was always my goal.
“I was training individually. I remember Mourinho in November spoke to me and took me in the first team again and said I could train again. But I was looking forward to getting more minutes and to play.”
“I’m always a positive person,” he added. “Of course I was surprised at how it was at the beginning of the season with the club and the manager."
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