Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that his cheating spell with Manchester United may be due to Jose Mourinho’s rivalry with Pep Guardiola.
The German legend suffered a difficult end to his career at Old Trafford under Mourinho in 2016-2017.
The former Bayern Munich star won the Bundesliga with Guardiola before moving to the English Premier League.
The 37-year-old has claimed that his frosty relationship with The Special One may have been due to Pep’s influence on his game.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Unfortunately I haven’t played much under Mourinho, but I still respect him.
“He is a great coach who has won many titles. It was a strange and difficult situation, and he never explained why.
“Maybe it was because I played with Pep Guardiola and played football with Pep Guardiola, whom Mourinho does not like.”
Schweinsteiger left the Allianz Arena in 2015 to connect with former coach Louis van Gaal.
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He enjoyed a strong first season with the Red Devils, as he participated in 31 games before Mourinho arrived in Manchester.
Things got worse soon after that as Shwene had to train with the club’s U23 squad.
He only made four appearances in his second season with the club before leaving for MLS with the Chicago Fire.
But the World Cup winner said kind words to his old home despite the stress of his playing days.
“I really liked what Mourinho was doing. Of course, the style of play is different, and I think that’s why Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) left.”
“Football wasn’t so much, sometimes it was more direct. But he was successful with his teams. It just had a strange feeling (playing under him).”