Bastian Schweinsteiger has been recalled to the Manchester United first team by Jose Mourinho for the first time since taking charge in August. Schweinsteiger, who has said United would be his last club in England, had been training alone or with the reserves so far this season.
The 32-year-old had made a £14.4m move from Bayern Munich to Old Trafford in 2015 and turned out in 31 matches under Louis van Gaal last season. Schweinsteiger tweeted a picture of himself training with the first team, a session conducted by Mourinho himself.
United defender Luke Shaw was delighted by the German legend's recall. "It's great to see him back. We found out the news a couple of days ago.He's a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself," Shaw told the BBC.
Mourinho has in the past said that Schweinsteiger was not a part of his plans at Old Trafford.
Whether Schweinsteiger will make the matchday squad remains to be seen, but the German would definitely see this as progress.
United next take on Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday, but Schweinsteiger cannot feature in that game as he has been left out of the European squad.