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Schweinsteiger pinpoints the exact moment Man United career went wrong

Date Posted,April 26, 2017

Bastian Schweinsteiger has pinpointed the exact moment his Manchester United career took a turn for the worse – but insists he was a success at Old Trafford.

The German World Cup winner moved to MLS outfit Chicago Fire on a free last month with the blessing of Jose Mourinho .

The United boss had frozen the 32-year-old midfielder out of his first-team squad at the start of the season until he handed him just four appearances before the midfielder’s departure.

But Schweinsteiger reckons his time in England was successful, although he admitted things could have been different had he not been banned midway during his first season under ex-boss Louis van Gaal.

Schweinsteiger has proved an instant hit in the MLS with Chicago Fire (Photo: USA Today Sports)

The former Bayern Munich hero was handed a three-month retrospective ban in December 2015 for an elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid. – and Schweinsteiger claims that had a huge impact on the rest of his campaign.

“It was the right [move],” he told SPORT1.

“I always had the objective to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich and that is why I always stayed there and didn’t move abroad.

Bastian Schweinsteiger's clash with Winston Reid
Schweinsteiger was retrospectively banned for an elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid in 2015 (Photo: BBC/Match of the Day)
Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United clashes with Winston Reid of West Ham United
Schweinsteiger believes the suspension was a turning point in his time at Old Trafford (Photo: Getty)

“I achieved that in 2013 and that defined an era. The step to Manchester was definitely an important one. Louis van Gaal called me and he wanted to have success quickly. Of course things started very well for me. We were top of the league, level on points with Leicester.

“Then I got suspended and shortly after I was fouled and injured. We still won a title in the end [FA Cup] and that’s not something you just win by fluke.”

“Of course that surprised me,” he said.

Schweinsteiger celebrated FA Cup success with former boss Louis van Gaal at Wembley last season (Photo: Getty Images)

“But I had always hoped that the situation would change and that I would play for United once again, and I also succeeded in doing that in the end.”

Schweinsteiger has become an instant hit in the US, however, scoring twice in four MLS games so far this season.

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