Bastian Schweinsteiger must have tried absolutely everything to win his place back at Manchester United.
Despite Jose Mourinho’s insistences that the German was finished at Old Trafford, the Red Devils boss did give him some minutes in the EFL Cup against West Ham recently – and the World Cup winner was greeted by a brilliant reception from the fans.
The former Bayern Munich star is evidently still a popular man in the north-west, so United fans still like to keep an eye on his activities, even if they mainly take place off the field these days.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Schweinsteiger was more than happy to share some of the secrets behind his illustrious career.
One of them could do with a little more explanation – why he enjoys playing in wet socks.
“Sometimes, I have to prepare them wet so they become much more thin,” he elaborated.
“I try to get a lot of feeling into my foot. It’s a thing I started to do seven or eight years ago and I still do it.
“Sometimes I bring my own socks or adidas help me but, for example, if we have a game, I can do it on my own and also prepare my boots before the game. I do it on my own because it’s mine and I want to perform so it’s better to do it myself.”
That can’t possibly be comfortable, but with his trophy cabinet, you can’t really argue.
If anything, at least it’s a reminder of what a character the 32-year-old can be, and if he’s not going to re-emerge at United, it’d be great to see him playing regularly at another club soon.