The downfall of Bastian Schweinsteiger will serve as a cautionary tale for Bayern Munich players considering a move to Manchester United for years to come.
Schweini’s old club have made no secret of their disdain for the way the Red Devils have treated the World Cup winner, and it seems they are not about to let any of their stars follow in his footsteps.
Thomas Muller is one such player who has been linked with Old Trafford, but Jose Mourinho has quickly been warned off making an audacious bid for the 27-year-old.
The Germany international hasn’t exactly excelled since Carlo Ancelotti replaced Pep Guardiola in the summer, but that hasn’t made him any less popular among the Allianz Arena faithful.
That’s why Bayern have no intention of selling him, at least according to Edmund Stoiber, one of the Munich hierarchy.
Speaking to Bild, he insisted:
“No one on the Supervisory Board would vote to sell. It should not happen that Thomas Muller plays at Manchester United.
“Muller is the ‘boy next door’. He is the opposite of, for example, Cristiano Ronaldo. He is more than just an excellent footballer. A player like him is part of our DNA. He plays an important role at the club. Muller not only creates emotions with his goals, he talks to the fans hearts.”
Muller still needs time to adapt under Ancelotti, and given that United already have so many attacking options, they’re unlikely to want to spend the kind of money it would take to prize him away from Bavaria.