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Football: Schweinsteiger's exile ends, rejoins Man Utd training

Since United manager Jose Mourinho's arrival Schweinsteiger has not played and was also left out from United's Europe League squad. In photo: Bastian Schweinsteiger on July 7, 2016 in Marseille, France. Photograph: (Getty)

Manchester, United Kingdom Oct 31, 2016, 06.27 PM (IST)

Former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger's exile came to an end on Monday as he returned to first-team training.

Pictures posted on the club's social media accounts featured the 32-year-old training with team-mates ahead of Thursday's match at Fenerbahce.

Since United manager Jose Mourinho's arrival Schweinsteiger has not played and was also left out from United's Europe League squad.

"It's great to see him back," United left-back Luke Shaw told AFP at United's training complex.

"We found out the news a couple of days ago and it's so great to have him back. He's a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself. It's a great boost for us, the experience and the quality that he brings."

Former United captain Bryan Robon also hailed Schweinsteiger's return.

"Bastian's a great lad, speaks perfect English, has got great quality and vast experience," Robson said at the launch of a United deal with Chinese mattress firm Mlily.

"For me he could definitely help the group, on the confidence side and just the know-how on how to play the game in that central role. I still think he could be valuable to the squad."

Mourinho had criticised Shaw after United lost 3-1 at Watford last month and was left out of the squad for their recent 4-0 loss to Chelsea.

Shaw said that although he was "unhappy" to miss the game against Chelsea but there were no issues between him and the manager. 

"I really wanted to play that game," said Shaw. "But at the end of the day it's the manager's decision. After the game I spoke with him about it and I 100 percent agreed with what he said and why I wasn't involved. Obviously we'll keep that between us two. But it's been really good the last couple of games. I've felt fitter and stronger."

(With inputs from AFP)

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