Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to undergo an MRI scan on Sunday following his withdrawal at half-time against Manchester City.
The Armenian midfielder never looked 100% match fit at any point during the derby and Jose Mourinho’s decision to bring him off was absolutely correct but it raises real questions over why he started in the first place.
He was injured against Czech Republic during the international break and the MRI scan should reveal whether that injury had not cleared up as had been believed by Mourinho and his medical staff.
Told Mkhitaryan wasn't fully fit. Injured on int'l duty, MRI tomorrow. Might help explain 1st half performance. #mufc
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) September 10, 2016
I’m going to presume an MRI scan was done prior to the game already and that Manchester United’s medical team were absolutely sure Mkhitaryan was fit to play because otherwise you can’t really justify him coming in to make his full Man United debut in the derby after suffering an injury away on international duty. It wouldn’t make any sense.
Mkhitaryan was just not at the races and I feel he’s majorly at fault for Man City’s first goal because of the lack of pressure he put on Kolarov before his clearance ultimately led to Kevin de Bruyne’s opener. He earned a reputation as a workhorse at Borussia Dortmund, the meek man we saw from 45 minutes couldn’t have been further from that reality.
Here’s hoping Henrikh’s scan shows nothing to cause concern but I suppose the fact he’s got to have one is concerning enough as it is.