Uli Hoeness doesn’t like Manchester United. He made that very clear at a recent visit to a Bayern Munich fan club. Having just been re-elected as the German club’s president, he fired some shots at the Red Devils for their treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
He wants the 32-year-old midfielder to bleed United dry.
Quoted by ESPN, he said: “If I were him, I would make the people in Manchester pay until his last day. That’s what this club [United] deserves for what they’ve done to him.
The timing of this comment is a bit strange as Schweinsteiger has just been brought back into the United fold. After initially banishing him to the youth team, Jose Mourinho recalled the veteran to first team training recently and even named him on the bench for yesterday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham at Old Trafford.
The rhetoric could destroy relations between the two clubs.
Hoeness went on to dismiss rumours that the Bayern legend could go to America to play for MLS club Chicago Fire: “From what I have heard, Basti’s on his way out of football. I know him well and I doubt he’s still got the fire left in him for one final major challenge. After such a brilliant career, a player like him shouldn’t see out his career in a place like America. For me, America simply isn’t an alternative for a player of his calibre. As far as I know, he’s committed to a massive farewell game at FC Bayern.
“I would do that but then I would retire.”
Hoeness then went on to talk about Schweinsteiger’s personal life, saying that he hoped he would ‘start a family’ with tennis star wife Ana Ivanovic: “He’s lucky to have such a beautiful wife and should set different priorities in life.
“I wish he would concentrate more on starting a family.”
The team showed a good performance. Unfortunately, we couldn't reward ourselves at the end! Let's move on and look forward to the next game!
The team showed a good performance. Unfortunately, we couldn't reward ourselves at the end! Let's move on and look forward to the next game!— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) November 27, 2016
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both in the squad for Manchester United! pic.twitter.com/lX0lrr0FPH— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) November 27, 2016