Tuesday 22 August 2017

These Jose Mourinho comments suggest Man United manager is not a fan of Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Simon Peach

Jose Mourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan "needs to do more" if he is going to be a success at Manchester United.

A difficult week for the boss was compounded as United wilted at the imposing Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, where Moussa Sow scored a sensational overhead kick and Jeremain Lens an outstanding second-half free-kick as Fenerbahce claimed a 2-1 win.

Wayne Rooney's superb late goal was merely a consolation and Mourinho said the loss was deserved, accusing his players of approaching the match like a "summer friendly".

Mkhitaryan was not guilty of that lax start given he was a 61st-minute introduction, but his manager expects more from a player who has struggled to make an impact since his big-money summer move.

It was the Armenian's first appearance since September 10 and, days after backing him to eventually come good, Mourinho underlined the need for faster improvements.

"He has to do more, it is as simple as that,'' the Portuguese said of the former Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder.

"We have big expectations in the club. We have lots of players for these positions and he has to play better than (Juan) Mata, he has to play better than (Jesse) Lingard, he has to play better than (Anthony) Martial. He has to play better than them.

"It is as simple as that. Every manager in the world wants to win matches. Every manager in the world wants to play the players he thinks can help the team more and I am no different."

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