However, he was quickly cast aside by current United boss Jose Mourinho and Schweinsteiger has since taken the decision to seek pastures new in order to earn more first-team football.
United confirmed the move on Tuesday morning and a large section of the club's fanbase expressed their misery at the news, while past team-mates also wished Schweinsteiger luck for the future.
All the best SCHNACK Hope you enjoy the next chapter of your journey matepic.twitter.com/O1A8bIsMyX— Ashley Young (@youngy18) March 21, 2017
@ManUtd I will miss you so much— Not 6th (@TheCalumLim) March 21, 2017
@ManUtd I'm not crying I swear to god— Steven (@OneFootValencia) March 21, 2017
Bastian Schweinsteiger's Manchester United is over, as the club allow him to join Chicago Fire.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 21, 2017
Farewell, Basti. Long may you run. pic.twitter.com/IBGGyVulDr