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Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of the most accomplished midfielders of his generation.
The 31-year old has had an illustrious career- much of which was spent at Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich – winning every major trophy at club level.
Although Germany had perfected the art of being perpetual semi-final specialists, Schweinsteiger was immense to the cause of his national team, inspiring them to victory during the 2014 FIFA World Cup final against Argentina.
He was reunited with his former manager Louis van Gaal at Manchester United last summer, but his season was hampered with a recurring knee injury.
Schweinsteiger has without question climbed the peaks of his football career, but the midfielder looks to be going down the leeward side of the mountain.
Here are four reasons why he could leave United before the end of the summer.
Left out of pre-season friendly
When Bastian Schweinsteiger was left out of the squad that traveled to China for the International Champions Cup, there was no cause for concern as many superstars who had taken part in the latter stages of the Euros were exempted from making the trip to the Far East.
However, his latest unequivocal exclusion from the 23-man squad set for a friendly against Galatasaray can only point at a possible move away from Old Trafford.
Schweinsteiger was among eight other players who didn’t make the trip to Gothenburg for the friendly against the Turkish side, with rumors of loans spells and permanent transfers running rife.
The players, mostly youngsters, include: Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane, Andreas Pereira, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair.
Retirement from international football
Following the retirement of long serving captain Philipp Lahm after their successful 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign, the armband was passed on to Bastian Schweinsteiger.
However, after two years as the Die Mannschaft skipper, the midfielder announced on Friday via social media that he is officially bringing an end to his international career.
He expressed his desire to win the European Championship in France, but likewise felt it was best for him to call it a day with the national team, more so with the preparations for the 2018 World Cup ongoing.
His retirement from international football could likewise point to a step down at club level, with a move away from Manchester United on the cards.
New signings by Mourinho
Since his appointment as Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho had already secured the signatures of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Paul Pogba looks set to follow suit for a record breaking transfer fee, despite the prolonged nature of the transfer.
With Michael Carrick offered a new one-year contract extension, the future looks bleak for the German and as such, a move away from the Theatre of Dreams would suffice.
Despite his loyalty to Bayern Munich, Schweinsteiger was let go by Pep Guardiola because of his endless injury concerns.
The same problems resurfaced while at Manchester United, as he missed the last 27 games due to a knee injury.
I would be lying if I said Bastian would be playing at the highest possible level with an incessant knee injury.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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