Schweinsteiger did not get a ‘proper goodbye’ at United

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The midfielder says he had a great time at Old Trafford but has revealed he missed out on the chance to bid farewell to his team-mates

Bastian Schweinsteiger did not get to bid a proper goodbye to his Manchester United team-mates before leaving for Chicago Fire and MLS.

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The World Cup winner sealed his switch to the United States after falling out of favour at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, failing to make a single Premier League appearance this season.

Nevertheless, Schweinsteiger reflected on a “great time” at United, insisting that he did not want his departure to overshadow the club’s game against Middlesbrough prior to the international break. 

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“It was not easy as the decision was a little bit late so I did not get to say a proper goodbye team,” he told the media as he was unveiled in Chicago on Wednesday.

“They had a match away on Sunday so I couldn’t really tell them because I didn’t want to have the focus on me. I wanted to have the focus on the team and on the game – I was very happy that they won.

“I had a great time there, especially with my team-mates and the staff there. I enjoyed it.”


Schweinsteiger says he opted to make the move to MLS as he sought a challenge that he believes he will get in Chicago.

“I like to challenge myself,” the midfielder added. “This is a big chance to challenge myself. I know the results the last two years were not so good, but I can feel the vision.

“I can feel there is something going on and I want to help this club.”

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