Mourinho defends freezing Schweinsteiger out of Man Utd squad

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to freeze out Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Mourinho insisted today that the German veteran had to move on as he would not be included in his 23-man squad.

He explained: “I think this is what is happening in every club in the world where the manager decides his squad and chooses a certain number of players to face the season and that’s it and I normally like to work with 20 players plus the three goalkeepers which is what I’ve done for 15 years because we have so many players.

“But at the same time we also have so many competition and especially the Europa League is a competition that changes a lot of the season – you can play 15 matches, you play on the Thursday, you have a big risk, travel a lot.

“Normally you are going to play the Premier League on the Sunday so I made the decision to be with 23 players plus three goalkeepers which I think is still a lot and I had to make my decisions.”

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