On a day that Manchester United’s misfiring front line cost them two points, Old Trafford outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger marked his Major League Soccer debut with a goal.
The World Cup winner left United for Chicago Fire in March and made his first appearance on Saturday against Montreal Impact.
And it took Schweinsteiger just 17 minutes to prove his worth in Illinois. The former Bayern Munich man rose highest to head home David Accam’s cross, powering his effort past Evan Bush.
Schweinsteiger was made to train alone and with the youth team during his time at Man United after after Jose Mourinho decided he the 32-year-old was not part of his plans.
But after Schweinsteiger left for his new challenge in the US, Mourinho revealed his regret at the way he handled the decorated midfielder.
“He is in the category of players I feel sorry for something that I did to him,” said Mourinho.
“I don’t want to speak about him as a player, I don’t want to speak about him as a player I would or would not buy.
“I want to speak about him as a professional, as a human being. It was the last thing I told him before he left – I was not right with you once, I have to be right with 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 am happy that he knows, because I told him. I will miss a good guy, a good professional, a very good influence in training.
“So I could not stop him to go, even though I know we have so many matches and probably would need him for a few matches or a few periods.
“But I had to let him go and now publicly wish him and his wife a very happy life in Chicago.”