Henrikh Mkhitaryan was left out of the team sheet yet again for yesterday’s much anticipated fixture against City.
The playmaker has not started a game since the 1-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and he seems to have been dropped down the pecking order behind Jesse Lingard.
Micki had a spectacular start to the season with a series of assists in the first four games of the season against West Ham, Leicester, Swansea and Everton.
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The United midfielder got game time when he came off the bench in a 1-0 win against Brighton last month.
In November, he also featured in two international friendlies against Belarus and Cyprus, and scored two goals. With Paul Pogba’s injury, Mourinho had to adopt different tactics, which seems to have put Mkhitaryan out of first team action.
Last year, upon his arrival to Old Trafford, Mkhitaryan enjoyed a prolonged patch of non-first-team football after a 2-1 home loss to City.
He was then deemed as lacking pace and physicality, after which he attended a conditioning camp, before squaring off the season with a goal in the Europa League final in May this year.
The 28-year old will seek reassurances on his Old Trafford career, if reports from Star are to be believed. Mourinho, however, believes that it is only a matter of time before Mkhitaryan returns to the playing XI.
The £30 million-rated midfielder from Dortmund will definitely look for more consistent playing time, or otherwise, it may not be long before he starts considering offers from other clubs in Europe.
Written by Sourish Saha
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