After an embarrassing defeat in South West London, followed by a hugely frustrating home draw with Burnley, United supporters were given some much-needed good news earlier this week, with the update that World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger has returned to first-team training.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder has infamously been training both individually and with the clubs under-23 side since the arrival of Jose Mourinho in the summer, however the German has now been brought in from the cold under the Portuguese boss.
With Schweinsteiger having been the consummate professional during his hiatus, regularly posting messages of support for the club on his social media pages, many at Old Trafford still believe that he could have an important role to play, with the midfield area still proving a problem for Mourinho. However, despite his resumption of training, it is still unclear as to whether Schweinsteiger will actually push for a place in the United side, especially as he was not named among their European squad for this season. Should Mourinho be doing more than getting the German fit enough for a January transfer, run outs in the FA and EFL Cups could well be on the horizon. Although they are yet to get their FA Cup campaign underway, as the holders from last season, United are among the favourites in the football odds at Betway, with Rooney’s odds on lifting the cup once more standing at 7/1.
Despite Ander Herrera facing a suspension for the upcoming trip to Swansea, a dramatic return to the first team fold in Wales seems unlikely, with Schweinsteiger having failed to make a single appearance all season. United are 8/13 in the football odds with Betway to claim a much needed three points at the Liberty Stadium, although it seems that Michael Carrick will fill in for Herrera after he was left out of the trip to Turkey.
Schweinsteiger has made just 31 appearances for the club since his move from Germany back in 2015, and although he is undoubtedly pleased to be back where he belongs, many still have reservations over his future at the club.
Elsewhere, despite a frustrating period in front of goal, Herrera has backed Zlatan Ibrahimović to once again find his shooting boots, with the Swede having scored just one in his last ten games for United. Ibrahimović was guilty of missing a whole host of chances at Old Trafford on Saturday, with former United youngster Tom Heaton coming back to haunt his old club.