Armenian player, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was left out of the squad that faced Zorya at old Trafford last night despite returning to training after picking up an injury and is still waiting for the right match which he can mark his return.
Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United from German club Borussia Dortmund for a fee of 27million euro, kicking off his career with Manchester united with an impressive performance against Wigan athletic in United’s first pre season game under new manager, Jose Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan went on to score in his second pre season game against former club Borussia Dortmund but his goal was only a consolation as mourinho’s men fell four goals to one.
He suffered his first injury this season while on international duty for Armenia against Czech republic after making just three sub appearance at the beginning of the premier league campaign.
Mkhitaryan returned after a week of treatment to feature for Manchester united against bitter rivals Manchester city but he had a disappointing first 45minutes display and was substituted before the second 45minutes kicked off.
Mkhitaryan resumed training in full this week at the United training ground and declared himself ready to play and fit again but coach Jose Mourinho isn’t in a hurry to feature the Armenian.
Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to get his return match wrong as it turned out to be in the Manchester derby. The player might be fit physically but might still be mentally unfit after his terrible performance against Manchester city.
Premier league side Stoke City visit old Trafford on Sunday and that seems to be the perfect match to reintroduce the Armenian to action before the international break. United face Liverpool and Chelsea after the break and since they are categorized as derby matches, playing Mkhitaryan in any of the matches could be damaging. Jose Mourinho needs to get his decision over the player’s return right else he might have “damaged goods” in his squad longer than he would want.