Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I’m glad Jose Mourinho played Bastian Schweinsteiger

by Leo Nieboer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expressed his support for Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester United, noting he was glad that the German received a chance to start under Jose Mourinho.

Schweinsteiger begun the 2016/17 season in isolation, forced to either train on his own or with the reserves, before eventually forging his way back into the first team in November.

He made his first – and so far only – start of the season during a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round and dazzled supporters with a sensational performance that was hallmarked by a goal and an assist.

And Mkhitaryan, who grabbed Man United’s third that day, was quick to heap praise on the 32-year-old.

“I’m glad he got another chance,” he said.

“He knows exactly what needs to be done on the pitch. I can only report positively about him, because he has a great character.”

You can tell that, despite Mourinho’s initial reluctance to include Schweinsteiger, those established in the first team squad highly value the German’s presence at Carrington.

This may be a slightly outlandish proposition, but it’s worth noting that United have encountered a major resurgence in form ever since Schweinsteiger reappeared in the first team. Mourinho’s men actually haven’t lost a Premier League game since his introduction.

The German may not be suitable for regular involvement at the highest level in the 54-year-old’s eyes, but his presence in the dressing room clearly has a galvanising effect.

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