The Sun. UK
Dec 23 2017
Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been named in Red Devils' Premier League squad for the first time since November 25
The Armenia international has fallen out of favour under the Portuguese, having struggled to apply his game under the manager's approach
By Beya Kabelu
HENRIKH MKHITARYAN has been in Manchester United's Premier League matchday squad for the first time since November 25.
Mkhitaryan has an uneasy relationship with boss Jose Mourinho – with SunSport telling you the details of their bust-up.
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The Armenian has not started a league match for Manchester United since the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on November 5 and has only featured from the bench once since – against Brighton on November 25.
The former Borussia Dortmund star enjoyed a strong start to the season but the Portuguese has lost interest in the midfielder and he has not made the bench for the last six United games.
Mkhitaryan's United career has been hit and miss since his £30million move from Dortmund in the summer of last year.
The United boss has publicly criticised Mkhitaryan's performances this season and revealed that he has fallen down the pecking order.
He said: "I was not happy with his last performances. I'm not speaking one or two, I'm speaking three, four or five. He started the season very well and after that step by step he was disappearing.
"His performance levels in terms of goal scoring, assists, high pressing, recovering the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a No?10, were decreasing step by step.
"That was enough because the others worked to have a chance.
"Everybody works to have a chance. It's as simple as that. So last couple of matches Mkhitaryan was out and other players had the opportunity."