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United, this was the big audition Henrikh Mkhitaryan dare not fluff. Not after what happened in his previous and only Premier League start for Manchester United. Then, José Mourinho named Armenia’s captain in the XI for the derby on 10 September and with Manchester City leading 2-1 at half‑time the manager substituted him and failed to provide him with even an appearance from the bench in the ensuing nine league matches.
Those starts against Feyenoord and West Ham were in the Europa League and EFL Cup respectively, and given the way Mkhitaryan was dropped the 27-year-old may have wondered when another chance in the league would arrive if he disappointed in this game.ผลบอลสด
Mkhitaryan had certainly become a finer footballer in his absence from the side, with fans insisting he would have stopped the stuttering form that has caused four consecutive draws at Old Trafford (five in total) and only one win, at Swansea City, since September.
When discussing Mkhitaryan’s selection before the game, Mourinho was in gnomic form. “We are playing so well,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who is playing. I just feel that maybe they are more adapted to the characteristics of this game. Everybody’s playing well. [Juan] Mata, [Anthony] Martial. It’s about the characteristics of the game. I think [Anthony] Martial and Mkhitaryan are faster, transporting the ball into attacking areas and attacking spaces behind defences, so that’s it.”ผลบอลสด