José Mourinho Reveals Why He’s Been Holding Henrikh Mkhitaryan Back
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on October 28, 2016
José Mourinho has confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not injured, but in fact 100% fit. However, the Manchester United boss revealed Mkhitaryan still needs time to adjust to the Premier League since his move from the Bundesliga.
Mkhitaryan was seen travelling with the United squad this week ahead of the Manchester derby in the EFL cup, but the Armenian wasn’t included in the match-day squad, prompting doubts in Manchester United fans minds. United went on to win the Derby through a second-half goal from Juan Mata, making it the first time Pep Guardiola had ever lost to Manchester United, and extending his winless run to six games.
Speaking to reporters, Mourinho revealed:
“Mkhitaryan is not injured, he is training with the team 100%.”
“Some players have the profile of adapting easily but some other players need more time to feel the intensity. Some players need time to feel the competitiveness and the level of work without the ball. Mkhi needs time to become the top player we know he can be.”
“I don’t like to speak about players from other clubs but Willian, when he arrived at Chelsea, had problems. He went through the same process.” Mourinho added.
“When Di Maria arrived in Madrid from Portugal he had to adapt his game to a new reality but he did it. Of course we believe in Miki and sooner or later there will be no problem.”
The words of Mourinho will be music to the ears of many Manchester United fans, as the player of Mkhitaryan’s calibre is what they’ve been dying for in the last few season, and arguably this season too. Time will tell if Mourinho will unleash the 27-year-old, but the sooner the better, as Manchester United’s form hasn’t been something to shout about as of yet.