Former Borussia Dortmund player Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be on his way back to the German club after having failed to impress in recent times at Manchester United.
The Armenian international featured for United in their 1-0 win against Brighton at Old Trafford as a 2nd half substitute, after getting dropped for the previous two successive games.
Henrikh started the season well, and was rewarded with five assists and a goal, but as the days progressed his level dropped down, much to the disappointment of manager Jose Mourinho.
According to BBC, his former club is monitoring his situation closely, and they indicated that they would be interested in re-signing the Armenian international.
Dortmund will be happy to bring back a player who excelled for the Yellow Submarine during his time at the Ruhr Valley. Moreover, the club often re-signs players, and recent history suggests that they would not be letting the chance pass if United decide to make him available.
Several players such as Nuri Sahin, Mario Gotze and Shinji Kagawa all were drafted back into the Dortmund set-up after earlier having joined some of Europe’s biggest clubs. And the German club could well be on the line to take back Mkhitaryan and offer him a fresh lease of life.
Moreover, Mourinho’s criticism of the player too, has put weight on the speculation. Jose went on to reveal that he is not happy with Mkhitaryan since the last few matches, as he said: “I was not happy with his last performances. It’s not one or two, I am talking about three, four or five.”
Mkhitaryan’s poor form meant others stepped in to take his role, and now, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic back as a No. 10 and the likes of Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard present as well, it is a challenging situation for the Armenian.
Dortmund are currently struggling to gain any momentum this season, and have lost ground in the Bundesliga, besides also getting knocked out from the Champions League.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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