Manchester United fans were furious with Jose Mourinho after Henrikh Mkhitaryan was excluded from his matchday squad against Manchester City.
The Portuguese boss has already revealed Mkhitaryan has completed his rehabilitation, but was left out of his previous squads due to a lack of match sharpness.
Now the only way for the Armenian to build his match rhythm, is for him to pick up game time and with Mourinho unwilling to play him, there hasn’t been any progress since he recovered from his injury.
Here’s what fans on social media had to say about his absence.
Beginning to become laughable how Henrikh Mkhitaryan once again isn't named in the 18-man squad.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) October 26, 2016
The Mkhitaryan situation is a joke.
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) October 26, 2016
Mkhitaryan's continued absence puzzling, so too the way Schneiderlin is constantly overlooked. Only two starts despite midfield problems
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) October 26, 2016
No Mkhitaryan or Fosu-Mensah in the 18 is just baffling. Rojo/Blind as a pair is pretty terrifying. That midfield 3 is a plus at least
— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) October 26, 2016
You be patient "and wait and see" but we are well past that point now with Mkhitaryan. Something is up. It's absolutely bizarre.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) October 26, 2016
What is going on with Martial and especially Mkhitaryan??? It's getting pretty annoying at this stage, to be honest! #mufc
— Mark Lenehan (@MarkLenehan) October 26, 2016
Surely Mkhitaryan can't be so bad that he doesn't even get a place on the bench?
— The Guy Next Door (@guy_in_london) October 26, 2016
It’s understandable that Mourinho wants to ease Mkhitaryan into football after rushing him back during the Manchester derby and worsening his previous injury.
However, if we don’t see him against Burnley then there has to be something wrong that supporters are unaware of as he’s incredibly talented and would walk back into our current squad with ease.
It seems Mourinho has learnt from his previous mistakes and hopes are fans will see Mkhitaryan in action soon as reports claim he has already grown frustrated with his situation underneath the Portuguese boss.