Schweinsteiger targets Manchester United stay

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has reiterated his desire to stay and fight for a first-team place despite being warned of a lack of opportunities.

The 32-year-old is currently on international duty with Germany, in what will be his last appearance for the country's national team before retiring from international football.

And the experienced player spoke to the assembled press about his plans for the future, following his international retirement.

"My wish would be to continue playing for Manchester United," Schweinsteiger said. "I have no personal problems with Jose Mourinho.

"One thing is for sure: I'm not going to stop playing football. I still believe in my own ability. I could still help Man United if given the chance.

"The MLS transfer window is closed. So it won't happen this season."

Schweinsteiger's latest comments come just days after United boss Jose Mourinho revealed it would be "very difficult for him to play."

Mourinho said: "He (Schweinsteiger) has spoken to me. I cannot answer for him. It's his life, his career.

"He has a contract with Man United and a right to make that decision and stay. So that's not a problem for us.

"Football is made of decisions. I knew that all my career, not just me, everyone does.

"Some players react in a different way and have different kinds of decisions.

"To be honest, Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave his last statement which he is completely free to do in an objective and polite way.

"But I think it is very difficult for him (to play). I'm not saying it's impossible. I'm saying it's very difficult.

"We have a decision completely made about (Paul) Pogba, (Ander) Herrera, (Morgan) Schneiderlin, (Marouane) Fellaini, Michael Carrick. We have five players for two positions. It's very, very difficult that an opportunity will arise."