Bastian Schweinsteiger has today confirmed that he is leaving Manchester United and is set to move to the MLS to play for Chicago Fire. Once he has passed the medical and been given a visa, he will leave United.

The German’s career at Old Trafford essentially ended when Jose Mourinho was appointed, even if the midfielder did go on to make a surprise four appearances this season, having previously been made to train with the Reserves.

Schweinsteiger has paid tribute to United and has given a special thanks to the fans.

I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United. But I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire.

I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans – whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester.

I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion. Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it.