Germany coach Joachim Low believes Bastian Schweinsteiger could have been more effectively used at Manchester United.
Schweinsteiger ended an underwhelming stay at Old Trafford on Tuesday by confirming a switch to Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.
Having struggled for form and fitness after joining United from Bayern Munich in July 2015, the 32-year-old found himself frozen out of the first-team when Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal as manager.
The 2014 World Cup winner battled back to a place on the fringes of Mourinho's squad, making four appearances across all competitions from November onwards before long-time admirers Chicago made their move.
"He told me that he did all he could to get into the Man United team. He could have helped them," Low told a news conference ahead of Germany's friendly with England in Dortmund on Wednesday.
"I've seen some Man United games where they could have done with a central midfielder, a chief organiser who puts things right.
"I think it is okay for Basti to move to America to experience new things and wind down his career in the MLS. It's a good decision for Basti."
Germany will bid farewell to forward Lukas Podolski against England, who will be honoured as he brings down the curtain on his international career – in much the same way that Schweinsteiger was in a 2-0 win over Finland last September.
"I'm not concerned Schweinsteiger stole my show with his transfer," Podolski joked.
"It's every player's personal decision, where he wants to play."