Surprise inclusion on Manchester United squad list for Premier League season
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named by Jose Mourinho in his 25-man squad list for the 2016/17 Premier League season.
The now-retired Germany international stayed at Old Trafford on deadline day despite several warnings from his manager that he is unlikely to see senior playing time this season.
Schweinsteiger has been frozen out of the first-team picture at United this term, with Mourinho making it clear he is not part of his plans.
Lat week, the 32-year-old said he would not be joining another club in Europe and added of his current employers: ''I will be ready, if the team needs me.''
But when asked if there was any chance Schweinsteiger could play for United at all this season, Mourinho said: ''I think it's very difficult to happen.
''I'm not saying it's impossible. I'm saying it's very difficult.
''We have a decision completely made about (Paul) Pogba, (Ander) Herrera, (Morgan) Schneiderlin, (Marouane) Fellaini and Michael Carrick (Schweinsteiger's fellow central midfielders).
''We have five players for two positions. It's very difficult that an opportunity will arrive.''
Mourinho added: "If we have any kind of problem or opportunity I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to give an acceleration in their process by bringing them up now."
Schweinsteiger has two years left on the United contract he signed when joining them last summer, and in terms of the prospect of him staying on at the club despite not playing, Mourinho said: ''I cannot answer for him. It's his life. It's his career.
''He has a contract with Man United and has the right to make that decision to stay.
''That's not a problem for us. Football is made of decisions. I did that all my career. Not just me, everyone does. Some players react in a different way and have other kind of decisions.
''Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave this last statement, which he is completely free to do in an objective and polite way like he did. There are no problems at all.''
Manchester United squad in full: Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Matteo Darmian, David De Gea, Memphis Depay, Sadik El-Fitouri, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sam Johnstone, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero, Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young.