Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Blasted By Germany Legend

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Jose Mourinho at Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, August 14. Mourinho has been blasted for his treatment of Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. Stu Forster/Getty

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has hit out at Jose Mourinho's treatment of outcast Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger, 32, has been banished from the club's first-team by Mourinho, omitted from his Premier League squad as the Portuguese begins his first season at Old Trafford.

But there has been a backlash from Germany with Schweinsteiger's brother, Tobias, appearing to describe Mourinho as "disrespectful" while Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO at Bayern Munich, claimed it will affect the club's attraction to players.

"Basti is a super player," Neuer told Die Welt. "He's an important man with a lot of experience who is very important for the team, so I just can't understand this decision."

Schweinsteiger remains working at United's Carrington training ground but trains with the Under-21s team.

Juan Mata, meanwhile, looks set to remain at the club despite being linked with a move away after Mourinho's arrival, having been sold by the Portuguese while at Chelsea in 2014.

United welcomes Southampton to Old Trafford on Friday after beating Bournemouth 3-1 in the opening game of the Premier League season.