The door remains firmly shut on Bastian Schweinsteiger ever playing for Manchester United again, with the midfielder training alone at Carrington.
Jose Mourinho took the decision in pre-season to remove Schweinsteiger from his first-team squad, with Sportsmail revealing the World Cup winner was even told to clear out his locker.
The veteran German was even left out of the club’s official team photograph at Old Trafford that has only just been officially unveiled having been taken in September.
The Manchester United squad line-up for the official team photograph (back row left-right): Phil Jones, Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Middle row (left-to-right): Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach Gary Walker, Goalkeeping Coach Emilio Alvarez, Ashley Young, Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero, David de Gea, Sam Johnstone, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Assistant Coach Ricardo Formosinho, Fitness Coach Carlos Lalin. Front row (left-right): Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, Goalkeeping Coach Silvino Louro, Wayne Rooney, Manager Jose Mourinho, Michael Carrick, Assistant Manager Rui Faria, Daley Blind, Jesse Lingard and Matteo Darmian
The 32-year-old’s contract – worth in excess of £130,000 a week – does not run out until the summer of 2018, with United willing to let him go on a free transfer.
Manuel Neuer was the latest of Schweinsteiger’s former team-mates to query why Jose Mourinho was not utilising him this year.
The goalkeeper cannot understand why his ex-Bayern Munich captain has been isolated and believes he deserves a chance to impress.
But United’s plethora of options in midfield mean that is impossible. Morgan Schneiderlin, for example, has made just two starts this term and his 17 minutes against Manchester City were the first for over a month.
Schweinsteiger attended Wednesday night’s EFL Cup win over rivals City and has tweeted messages of support despite being told he has absolutely no future at Old Trafford.
His locker in first team changing room at Carrington has been cleared out and one of the coaches takes him aside each day while he trains on his own.
He remains friendly with a number of the first team players but there is no chance that he will play with them again at Manchester United.
The club’s accounts published in September revealed that the £6.7million they paid for Schweinsteiger last summer has been written off, with the player surplus to requirements.
He has been left searching for a new club in the coming months.
Schweinsteiger has claimed that his next move will not be in Europe, with a switch to America likely given his wife Ana Ivanovic’s tennis commitments.
New York Red Bulls was talked about as a potential destination, but their head of global soccer Oliver Mintzlaff stating ‘he isn’t and will not be a topic for us’.
MLS chief Don Garber, however, hopes Schweinsteiger will move stateside. ‘He’s an old acquaintance for the United States, for example through the 2014 World Cup, when he played against the US team.
‘He also played against the MLS All-Stars with Bayern in 2014. We would welcome Bastian with open arms. He would be a leader for our many young players.’