Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had a rough time of it lately, finding game time hard to come by.
It was apparent from Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho’s comments earlier this week that the Bundesliga Player of the Year was struggling to adapt to English football as quickly as some of the other new additions during the summer, when he said (via The Guardian):
“Some players, their profile is adapted to come and play, some others they need more time to feel the intensity and the aggression, the game without the ball, the competitiveness.
“Many times players come from different countries. The style of football is different and the reality is different in terms of competitiveness.
“There’s no other country where it doesn’t matter the team you play against, you have to play at the highest level or if you don’t you have no chance. Micky needs time to become the top player he can be.”
While it may simply take time for the 27-year-old to get to grips with Premier League football, there have been murmurs of a move elsewhere as early as January such has been the lack of game time he’s so far received.
However, the player himself on Sunday posted a telling Instagram update, which suggests he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
With United competing on three fronts next month (Europa League, Premier League and League Cup), the Armenia international will be hopeful of breaking into the United first team as soon as possible, but with Mourinho in the hot seat there is of course no guarantee that this will happen anytime soon.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena