Manchester United are unchanged for this evening’s clash against Hull at the KC, and summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has yet again been forced to contend with a place on the bench.
Jose Mourinho, despite claims that he planned to sell Juan Mata earlier in the summer, has been consistently selecting the Spaniard in each of his starting elevens this season, leaving Mkhitaryan wondering what on earth he has done to the Portuguese tactician.
The Armenian midfielder had a stunning campaign for Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season but has bizarrely only enjoyed peripheral appearances for the Red Devils.
Mourinho’s only explanation in recent weeks is that he has preferred the options provided to him instead of Mkhitaryan, despite the fact being evident that Mata is a weaker player.
Paul Pogba makes his first away start whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks to equal a long standing record and score for four consecutive games in a United shirt against the Tigers, who like their opponents have a one hundred percent record in all competitions this season.
Chris Smalling has also been left among the substitutes in favour of the Daley Blind and Eric Bailly combination.
Here’s the best reaction to Mkhitaryan’s absence from the starting team on Twitter.
— J (@Matamatically) 27 August 2016
— Lewis (@LewisUtd) 27 August 2016
@ManUtd FFS. WOULD MKHITARYAN EVER START A LEAGUE GAME?
— AN. (@VintageUtd) 27 August 2016
— Safa Imtia✗Aly¨ (@iLadyUnited) 27 August 2016
— Michael (@JuanAndHerrera) 27 August 2016
— ️ (@MartialTheMan) 27 August 2016
— ㅤ (@YanitedJoe) 27 August 2016
@ManUtd give. Me. Mkhi.
— Tas (@FourFourTas) 27 August 2016
@ManUtd MKHITARYAN NEEDS TO START
— ♛ (@YourBoyWaz) 27 August 2016
Mkhitaryan I honestly don’t know why this baller is on the bench every week double figures in goals and assists last season
— Sergio Ramos (@_Kublai_) 27 August 2016
Lmao Mourinho bought Mkhitaryan just to show the other players that he will bench you even if you’re a big name ????.
— ArsenalMovements (@AFC_Movements) 27 August 2016
The comparisons between Mkhitaryan and Kagawa will continue. Still no start. #MUFC
— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) 27 August 2016
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