Man United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan provides Jose Mourinho with big injury boost

by Leo Nieboer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has given Jose Mourinho a big injury boost ahead of the Manchester derby after reassuring supporters his injury wasn’t serious.

The 27-year-old was forced off in the first-half of Armenia’s 3-0 defeat to the Czech Republic with a knee injury, prompting concerns over his availability for the Manchester derby on September 10.

However, when asked by supporters whether he’d be fit for Armenia’s clash with Denmark on Sunday, the Armenian replied: “I hope so.”

Mkhitaryan’s optimism over featuring on Sunday – or at least his refusal to rule himself out completely – is fantastic news for Manchester United fans, who will be desperate to see the Armenian make his first start in a red shirt against the noisy neighbours.

His cameo of the bench against Hull City was game-changing: out of nowhere, the 27-year-old brought zip, urgency and attacking zeal to a stagnating attacking display. Drifting from right to left, primarily based in that No.10 role, Mkhitaryan was an effervescent figure, ramping up the pressure on Mike Phelan’s side with his spectacular vision.

The verdict in the aftermath was unanimous: Mkhitaryan has to start against Manchester City. Supporters will be delighted to hear that the Armenian’s injury is not serious; a tantalising battle between Mkhitaryan’s creative zeal and Fernandinho, Man City’s designated battering ram, awaits.

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