Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the name on the lips of Manchester United supporters when the season commenced.
His early antics, and a Premier League record-breaking performance wherein he provided 5 assists in just 3 games had led many to believe that he would be Europe’s next assist king.
Fast forward to November, and things aren’t looking all too great for the Armenian.
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Despite being gifted several chances by Jose Mourinho, he has failed to replicate that success again. On Saturday, the 4-1 win against Newcastle United saw him dropped from the matchday squad altogether.
A club source has reportedly revealed: “There are still problems with Mkhitaryan. He is battling to save his career here. There are huge reservations over him from Jose and his backroom team. He has shown an alarming sign of fatigue in recent weeks.”
Mkhitaryan joined from Borussia Dortmund with much hopes piled on his creative ability. While the display was on and off last season, the games at the start of the campaign hoped to spell otherwise.
The same source continued: “Henrikh did work hard to get into shape after the concerns last year, but they seem to be coming back in a way. It’s a huge issue.”
Supporters do enjoy his brand of football, and will be eagerly hoping for a repeat of last season, where Mourinho eased him back into the lineup, and the Armenian then proved crucial in the build-up to their Europa League success story.
His ability is of absolutely no doubt, but at the same time, the Red Devils cannot afford to carry a form shy player either. With talents both old and young in the form of Mata and Lingard potentially apt for his spot, an undoubted effort is definitely to be called for.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.