Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has hit out at Manchester United for a perceived lack of respect for former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger has fallen out of favour since manager Jose Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford ahead of the 2016-17 Premier League season, banished from the senior squad and instructed to train alone.
Although the 32-year-old German made a surprise return to first-team training on Monday, Can has slammed United for their treatment of the World Cup winner.
“I know Schweinsteiger very well and I used to play with him,” Can told reporters. “He’s a very good guy and he’s a legend. I don’t know what happened there but I think they don’t have too much respect for him.
“It’s a pity because he’s a very good guy. He’s always somebody who worked hard and is always a gentleman.
“When I first came up to the first team [at Bayern Munich] he was the first one who came to me and said: ‘If you need something come to me’.
“That was a big help. I was very thankful for that and it’s something I’ll never forget.”