Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be set for a return to Borussia Dortmund.
According to Steve Bates, writing in the Sunday People, Dortmund have been surprised by the Armenian’s incredible fall from grace since he left the club in the summer for a move to Manchester United.
Dortmund boss Tomas Tuchel, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, and General manager Michael Zorc are all said to be shocked at Mkhitaryan’s failure to establish himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford.
Mkhitaryan has made just five appearances for the Red Devils this season, with four of them coming off the bench. His only start came in United’s 2-1 defeat at home to cross town rivals Manchester City on the 10th of September, in which he was withdrawn at half-time after a woeful display in the first 45 minutes of the game.
He also picked up a thigh injury in that game, and did not make a single appearance in a United shirt for the next seven weeks.
United also requested the Armenian FA to avoid selecting him for the International break during that period. Despite returning to training just four weeks after the injury lay off, Mourinho was insistent that the Armenian winger was not ready to compete at the highest level just yet.
It took Mkhitaryan three more weeks before he eventually made his next appearance for United, coming on as a substitute but failing to inspire the team on as the club crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Fenerbahce in the Europa League.
The 27-year-old was then left out of the squad that beat Swansea 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League.
Mkhitaryan was recalled to Armenia’s national side this week and captained the side that went on to stage an incredible comeback in an enthralling 3-2 win over Montenegro – the country’s first win in a competitive game since 2013.
Earlier this week, Mkhitaryan insisted that he wasn’t going to give up, and that he would fight to win his place in the team. But his former club Borussia Dortmund would serve as a decent alternative should things not work out for him in the months leading up to the January transfer window.