But he did admit that it looks unlikely the German midfielder will be moved on from Old Trafford before the close of the transfer window last week.
Schweinsteiger hasn’t kicked a ball competitively for United this season and has had to settle for training with the Under-21s.
It was expected that the former Bayern Munich man would leave the club, but he released a brief statement on his Twitter earlier this week insisting he won’t play for another team in Europe and intends to still be available for Mourinho.
The new United boss was asked about Schweinsteiger at his press conference this afternoon and gave more of an explanation for why the German is so far out of the picture at United.
Mourinho, via mirror.co.uk, said: “I think it’s very difficult to happen. I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’m saying its very difficult because we have made a decision made about Pogba, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Fellaini and Carrick, we have five players for two positions, so it’s very difficult for an opportunity to arise.
“I cannot answer for him. It’s his life, his career, he has a contract with Man United. He has a right to make that decision and stay, so that’s not a problem for us.
“Football is made of decisions. I did that all my career. Not just me, everyone does, but some players react in a different way.
“To be honest, Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave his last statement, which he is completely free to make, in an objective way, like he did.
“I thought, when I read some quotes from people at Bayern Munich, they would run to Manchester to bring him back, but no, that didn’t happen. I’m quite surprised Karl-Heinze Rummennigge is not here to take him back.
“So I think we’re going to have a very quiet week, not surrounded by helicopters, waiting for somebody to leave or to arrive, so I am more than happy with the squad I have.”
Looking at Mourinho’s comments, Schweinsteiger could still leave Old Trafford if an opportunity presents itself before the window closes next Thursday.
He had been linked with a surprise move to Celtic as Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his team ahead of the Champions League group stages kick off next month.
But the Northern Irishman ruled that out at a press conference last week and it appears Schweinsteiger will have to look elsewhere to sort his future.
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