Schweinsteiger departed Old Trafford earlier this week, after a frustrating 18 months beset by injuries and a loss of form.
When Mourinho arrived as manager last summer, he immediately told Schweinsteiger he wasn’t part of his plans and to find a new club, but it seems the former Bayern Munich man has won the Special One over somewhat ever since then.
Speaking at his weekly press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match with West Brom, Mourinho was asked about Schweinsteiger’s departure, and was man enough to admit he regrets the way he treated the veteran.
Speaking via the Manchester United website, Mourinho said:
“Bastian is in the category of players that I feel sorry for something that I did to him.
“I don’t want to speak about him as a player, I don’t want to speak about him as whether I would buy him or not to buy him. I want to speak about him as a professional.
“I want to speak about him as a human being and that was the last thing I told him before he left – ‘I was not right with you once, I have to be right to you now’. So, when he was asking me to let him leave, I had to say ‘yes, you can leave’ because I did it once, I cannot do it twice, so I feel sorry for the first period with him. He knows that.
“I’m happy that he knows because I told him and I will miss a good guy, a good professional, a good influence in training. A very good influence.
“So I couldn’t stop him going, even though, until the end of the season, we have so many matches and probably we would need him for a few matches or a few periods. I had to let him go and now publicly we wish him and his wife a very happy life in Chicago.
“Yes, yes, I do [regret his treatment last summer].
“I would let him be in the squad. I knew, at that moment, we had too many players.
“If you remember, at that time, we had many players in this doubtful situation and we still had Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay and we had Andreas Pereira and Tyler Blackett and James Wilson.
“We had a huge squad in the beginning. But, after knowing him as a professional, and as a person, the way he was behaving and the way he was respecting my decisions as a manager, yes, I regret it and it is no problem for me to admit it and he knows that because I told him.”
Schweinsteiger joins Chicago Fire on a two-year deal – but what do you make of Mourinho’s comments today?
Could Schweinsteiger have been a big player for United this season if he’d been treated differently?
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