If it was thought that Bastian Schweinsteiger being allowed to train again with Manchester United’s senior squad was a sign of peace in our time, and a chance the German would play again soon, then that thought is over.

Whilst a Schweinsteiger return isn’t impossible, it may well take a plague hitting Manchester United’s midfielders, which is a possibility. For whatever reason, and there have been suggestions in Germany it’s a club and wages thing, Mourinho pushed the German legend to outcast status.

Naturally, when SportBild interviewed Andre Schurrle this week, they asked about Schweinsteiger’s situation, to which the former Chelsea player replied: “I’m in touch with him… With him (Mourinho) name does not matter. Unfortunately it’s hard for Basti, who for me is a giant idol.”

At Schurrle’s former club Chelsea they also currently have a manager not concerned with reputation. Players such as Cesc Fabregas and Oscar have seen themselves sidelined under Conte, as the Italian manager works obsessively to suit his system at Stamford Bridge.

The winter window may bring a move for Schweinsteiger, but he’s made it clear he’s not going to go just anywhere, simply to get out of Mourinho’s hair.