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Friday 18 August 2017

Jose Mourinho criticises dropped Henrikh Mkhitaryan's West Brom display ahead of Everton clash

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was substituted during the draw against West Brom. Getty
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was substituted during the draw against West Brom. Getty

Mark Critchley

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he dropped Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United’s starting line-up as he was “not happy” performance against West Bromwich Albion.

The Armenia international was named among the substitutes for Tuesday’s meeting with Everton after being replaced by Wayne Rooney in the 74th minutes of Saturday’s 0-0 draw.

After that stalemate, Mourinho publicly criticised the training level of Luke Shaw and, speaking to BT Sport before Tuesday’s kick-off, he censured his second player in the space of a week.

When asked why Mkhitaryan had been dropped to the bench, Mourinho said: “I am not happy with Mkhi's performance in the last match.”

Rooney, United’s club captain, was left out of the matchday squad entirely, though Mourinho claimed the 31-year-old was suffering from “pain in both ankles” and could not train.

Antonio Valencia was rested for the visit of Everton, with Mourinho claiming that the right-back, one of United’s stand-out performers this season, was “really, really tired” following the draw with West Brom.

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