Most of us love a good break from work, but Bastian Schweinsteiger might not be too happy about this one. Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has sent him away on holiday even though he hasn’t exactly been active on the field. The Red Devils midfielder has not seen a game since the FA Cup third round victory against Sheffield United. He’d been out of commission because of a knee injury, but his break has been extended for a totally different reason. Van Gaal feels that his mindset needs some serious refurbishing.
“I cannot say Bastian is returning within two weeks because I have given him, more or less, a little holiday as he has to change this mindset also,” explained Van Gaal. To emphasize that it wasn’t personal, he added, “It’s good for players. I have done that also with Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rojo and Luke Shaw, for example, when you are injured for longer than normal.”
He may start doing the same for Phil Jones, Guillermo Varela and Adnan Jazunaj, who all got injured playing against Norwich City on Monday.
“It’s not looking good because I also let my players play in the second team and various players were injured again. They’re not very nasty injuries, but I still have to give them time to recover.”
At this rate, we think the entire team will be taking leave for an indefinite amount of time in the south of France. We kind of wish that he would elaborate on what exactly he means by “mindset”. Perhaps he means injuries are psychosomatic? That they bother you only as much as you allow them to? Or maybe being injured is only for the weak. We really wonder.