30 Nov Schweinsteiger returns
Bastian Schweinsteiger returned from his Manchester United exile with a late substitute appearance in Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final against West Ham.
The German World Cup winner, who was frozen out of the first-team picture and forced to train alone earlier in the season, came off the bench for the last four minutes as United won 4-1 at Old Trafford.
The 32-year-old was an unused substitute for Sunday’s Premier League draw against the Hammers, his first appearance in a matchday squad since Jose Mourinho took over as manager in the summer.
United were far more ruthless against the Hammers in the Cup than they were four days earlier.
Two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a double from Anthony Martial was a fair reflection of the home side’s dominance and must have pleased Jose Mourinho sitting somewhere in the stands following his touchline ban.
An Ashley Fletcher equaliser for West Ham ten minutes before half-time was the only highlight for the visitors before Martial set them on the way to the next round with a goal three minutes into the second-half to make it 2-1.
Ibrahimovic has now scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for United and his second of the night and United’s fourth owed a lot to the quick set-up play of Schweinsteiger.
The German midfielder must have been pleased to hear the roar from the United fans on his return, a noise matched only by the cheers following each goal in a straightforward win.
United will now play Hull City in the semi-final with Liverpool drawn against Southampton in the other tie.