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​Schweinsteiger reveals Mourinho exiled him at Man Utd due to Guardiola ties

German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Jose Mourinho did not play him at Manchester United because of his connection to Pep Guardiola.

Mourinho and Guardiola are managerial rivals from their respective stints with Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as Manchester United and Manchester City.

When Schweinsteiger replaced Louis Van Gaal at United in 2016, Schweinsteiger was immediately exiled from the first team squad, before moving to Chicago Fire in MLS in 2017.

"I didn't play a lot (under Mourinho) unfortunately, but I still respect him," the German told BBC Radio 5Live.

"He's a great manager who has won a lot of trophies. It was a weird and difficult situation, he never really explained to me why (I didn't play).

"It was maybe because I played under Pep Guardiola and had played Pep Guardiola football, which he doesn't like so much, I think. Still, I also liked how Mourinho was, actually, coaching.

"Of course the game style is different - I think that is why Zlatan left. It was not so much football, sometimes it was more direct. But he had success with his teams. It was just a strange feeling."

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