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Bastian Schweinsteiger should still leave Manchester United - Bayern CEO

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has urged Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave Manchester United despite his return to first-team training on Monday. 

Schweinsteiger, 32, had been training with the youth team after Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal in the summer, and the former Germany captain was even written off as an asset in the club's accounts in September.

The 32-year-old ex-Bayern midfielder was back on the training pitch with the senior squad on Monday, though, with German outlet Sport1 reporting that he had been putting in extra shifts in recent weeks to be prepared for an eventual comeback.

However, Rummenigge -- who had been strongly critical of Mourinho's decision to demote the player in August -- told Bild: "My wish for him is that he finds a solution once the transfer window opens in January."

Rummenigge again questioned Mourinho's handling of the situation, saying: "It's difficult to manage a generation change but, nevertheless, you have to do it with tact."

Schweinsteiger, who has previously said United will be his last club in Europe and vowed to be ready for the team if required, wrote on his Twitter account on Monday: "Felt great today! Team is in good shape, results will follow!"

The German's return was also welcomed by left-back Luke Shaw, who said: "It's great to see him back. We found out the news a couple of days ago and it's so great to have him back.

"He's a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself.

"It's a great boost for us, the experience and the quality that he brings. The quality he possesses is a boost for our team and I'm so glad to have him back.''

Schweinsteiger was included in United's 25-man squad for the Premier League but was not included in the selection for the Europa League, which means he would not be eligible to play in European competition until registration reopens for the knockout phase.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was also involved in training on Monday, despite a report in the Daily Mail saying the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder had trained alone on Sunday.

The Manchester Evening News has since reported that Mkhitaryan had trained alone out of choice after missing out on a place in the squad for Saturday's 0-0 draw with Burnley and that he hopes to convince Mourinho to bring him back into the side.

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.


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