February 27, 2024

Manchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho has criticized the form of playmaker, Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Borussia Dortmund indicated their readiness to take the Armenian star back.

Mkhtaryan has been consecutively omitted in the two match-day squads since the arrival of Paul Pogba, Marouaini Felliani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but will return to the squad against Brighton and Albion on Saturday.

“I was not happy with his last performances,” said Mourinho of a player who has scored twice in 16 games this season.

“It’s not one or two, I am talking about three, four or five”

Mkhitaryan made a modest start to his United career and did not start a Premier League game in almost three months after being substituted at half-time in the defeat to Manchester City last September.

His form improved during the second half of the season and he scored as United beat Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm in May.

“He started well this season but his performance levels, goalscoring, assists, high pressing, bringing the team with him as number 10, were decreasing step by step,” added Mourinho.

“That was enough [to be dropped] because the others worked to have a chance. Everybody works to have a chance. It’s as simple as that.”

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