Jose Mourinho: Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a super player

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho has explained he is in no rush to start Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Manchester United but reiterated his belief in the fact he’ll be a super player for the club.

Mkhitaryan is yet to make a competitive start for Man United since joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer and fans have questioned why the Armenian midfielder keeps being left out of the starting XI.

Speaking ahead of our game on Hull prior to naming an unchanged team, Mourinho offered some insight and explained a bit of thought process behind his decisions.

“It’s difficult but if Mata is on the bench, you tell me I want to kick him out and want to sell him,” Mourinho said.

“If I don’t play Martial it’s because he is in crisis, or if I don’t play Ashley Young, it’s because I don’t like Ashley Young. If it’s Memphis Depay, it is because he is on his way out…

“It is because I think the others [starting ahead of Mkhitaryan] are playing really well.

“When some managers buy players they play them for sure because they think about protecting themselves – ‘I bought this player, I have to show the world I was right.’

“No – the first thing I think about is my team, not myself.

“Because I know he is a super player and I know for sure he will succeed, I am not in a hurry to say he plays every game now from the beginning, to show everyone how good he is. No.

“But he is ready to play and maybe he will play [in United’s away league clash with Hull].”

I’m in no doubt Mkhitaryan will be a mint player for United in the goodness of time. We would have all wanted to see him start by now but Mourinho has a strong squad and as he pointed out he would probably be lambasted if a different player was left out. Unfortunately for Henrikh, right now he’s being left on the bench.

Going into the Hull game it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to see Mkhitaryan on the bench. After all, why change a winning side? But I really would love to see him start soon and he certainly will in September with United playing a game every few days thanks to the start of the UEFA Europa League.

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