Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s return won’t worry Manchester United – why should it?

I was full of excitement when Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund in 2016. Not as excited as when Shinji Kagawa joined but, yeah, still pretty fucking excited.

These technically gifted gliders, as I like to call them because of the way they appear to glide above the surface when in full sprint, are easy on the eye but demand a team be built around them. For Mkhitaryan, it never made sense teaming up with Jose Mourinho.

Too soft. Not capable of working hard enough defensively. Too Arsenal.

Still, Mkhitaryan was arguably United’s star player in last season’s Europa League scoring six goals in 10 games, as per Who Scored, and it was his goal at the beginning of the second half against Ajax in Stockholm that saw the Reds triumphant.

The Armenian left for Arsenal in January as part of the a deal that saw Alexis Sanchez go the other way. It goes without saying that United got the better deal and I’m still buzzing about that, but should we be concerned about Mkhitaryan’s return to fitness in time for this weekend’s Premier League clash.

In short: no.

Mkhitaryan has been side-lined since their 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow earlier this month when he damaged knee ligaments. It was initially feared that he would be absent for longer, however, Mkhitaryan is back and ready to face his former club.

It will be his first game back from injury so 1) Mkhitaryan probably won’t even start and 2) an early tackle might leave him calling to be substituted — especially if Eric Bailly is around.

Since the beginning of the season, for both Manchester United and Arsenal, Mkhitaryan has contributed with four goals and 12 assists in 34 appearances.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, Wenger said, as per Arseblog News: “We have no new problems. Mkhitaryan is available. Elneny is out, Cazorla too of course.

“Everyone else is OK.”

The Mkhitaryan we know will go into hiding for 90 minutes, fall over when ever so slightly touched and whine about Mourinho’s footballing methods.

Stick the boot in early, lads.

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  1. Wow, how bitter are you?
    Mkhitaryan was destroyed by your ‘enemy of football’ manager – just like he’s slowly destroying Sanchez, Pogba, Rashford and Martial.
    Keep enjoying your painfully dull football.
    And for the record, Sanchez would’ve swapped your FA Cup Final for playing in the Semi-Final against Atletico in a heartbeat. He bagged two FA Cups in 3 years at Arsenal. I guess he was thinking that a club & manager that has spent over £300m in 2 seasons would (a) play good football, and (b) not get spanked at home by Sevilla who are 7th in their league 24 points behind Atletico.
    Enjoy Sunday. Arsenal will field a weakened team because this game ain’t important. And neither are United since Fergie left.

  2. Wow sounds like it was written by a 12 year old. What a bitter twat you are. Mkhitaryan was the only reason you played CL football this year. Mourinho has made a career of ruining flair players (De Bruyne, Salah etc) so him not getting the best out if Mkhi isn’t exactly shocking.

  3. No offence, but you look pretty daft now. He had a pretty good game, scored, and while United got the win, Arsenal were fairly unlucky not to get the draw even with a weakened side.

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