Ruben Hayrapetyan, the President of Armenian Football Association, has revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has no idea why he is being excluded from Jose Mourinho’s matchday squads.
Mkhitaryan left Borussia Dortmund to join Manchester United this summer, singing for the Red Devils on a four-year contract for a transfer fee believed to be around the region of £27 million. He arrived at Old Trafford with very high expectations, but has hardly received the chance to showcase his skills in England so far.
Henrikh made his competitive debut for Manchester United in their Community Shield win over Leicester City, by coming on from the bench. The debut was followed by three more appearances as a substitute, in United’s Premier League games against Bournemouth, Southampton, and Hull City.
The 27-year-old was finally given his first start for the club in the high-profile Manchester Derby. However, the playmaker performed poorly in the first half, and was therefore subbed off during half-time.
Mkhitaryan has since failed to feature for United, irrespective of whether he was injured, or completely fit.
Jose Mourinho recently revealed the reason behind Micki’s absence for his matchday squads, in his pre-match press conference before United’s clash against Burnley.
The Portuguese stated that he did not believe Mkhitaryan was fit enough for the English game yet, and that he needed more time to adjust to his new surroundings and become a top player at the Theatre of Dreams.
Jose also said that he had complete faith in the Armenian international’s abilities, and that things will eventually work out for the midfielder at Manchester United.
However, contrary reports have now come to light, following the recent comments of Armenian FA’s President, Ruben Hayrapetyan.
Speaking to Armenpress, Hayrapetyan revealed: “I cannot know what the Manchester manager is thinking about. I have talked with Mkhitaryan, he also doesn’t know what Jose Mourinho is thinking.
“Mkhitaryan trains and is in good shape but no one knows the reason (why he is not playing).”