Explained: Mourinho Has One Problem With Mkhitaryan

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan wait to come on as substitutes.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s future at Manchester United is looking extremely bleak as the weeks go by, despite the fact that he has only been at the club for just over a year now.

The Armenian was bought by Jose Mourinho from Borussia Dortmund 16 months ago to much fanfare, with many expecting him to become United’s chief creative force.

However, after a disastrous debut against Manchester City, where he was hauled off at half-time, he spent half of his first season out injured or in the stands.

The 28-year-old did eventually find himself, and was integrated into the squad in the latter half of the season, becoming a key player for the side, especially in the Europa League, where he scored in the final.

However, his magnificent start to this season had all mouths drooling about the possible heights he could hit. In recent weeks though, he has faded away badly, and his struggles are a major worry as United approach the crunch Christmas period, where they need all their players firing on all cylinders if they are to catch up with City.

And now, according to The Sun, it has come to light that Mourinho and his coaching staff still hold reservations about the Armenian, and are not convinced that he has adapted to the Premier League yet.

There are also alternate fears that he is suffering from a terrible burnout, and his situation is a big concern for the United manager. Unless he finds his feet again soon, he may face an uphill battle to save his career at Old Trafford.

An Old Trafford source 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.

“He could even be handed a rest after the international break after going away with Armenia. It’s going to be a busy festive period. 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.”


Written by Reyhan Ashley  

Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.


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