Jose Mourinho has hinted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be allowed to leave Manchester United this month.
The Portuguese was questioned about Mkhitaryan’s future at the club ahead of Man United’s Monday Night Football fixture against Stoke City at Old Trafford. He told reporters that every player has a price, with Mkhitaryan falling rapidly down the pecking order in the Reds’ squad recently after a string of woeful performances in October and November and some poor displays since returning to the side in late December.
“My approach is that every player has a price. And I am not the kind of blind manager,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.
“Blind in the sense that this player is untouchable, this one can never be sold.
“I think every player has a price. So, when the transfer window is open it’s also open for any club that is interested in our players.
“Then it’s up to us to make the decision yes or no. It’s up to us to make the right price.” Mourinho did praise Mkhitaryan, though, clearly keen not to alienate him if the Armenian does end up staying at Old Trafford until at least the end of the season.
“Mkhitaryan played the last match in the FA Cup against Derby. He probably will play the next one against Stoke. He is our player and a very good player,” he added.
He was given plenty of chance to return to his early season form by Mourinho. He impressed fans at the start of the season, but by the end of September, his contributions began to decrease and the frustrations built up.
Mourinho dropped Mkhitaryan for Jesse Lingard in early November and he’s yet to recover. Lingard has thrived and is currently United’s best and most important player.
However, he’s given him opportunities since Boxing Day, from both the start and the bench, and failed dramatically to impress.