Jose Mourinho criticises Henrikh Mkhitaryan's recent displays

Jose Mourinho criticises Henrikh Mkhitaryan's recent displays

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned under-performing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to cut out the "disappearing" acts.

Life hasn't always been enjoyable for Mkhitaryan at Manchester United and the former Borussia Dortmund man enjoyed a three month spell without a single start for the club after he was substituted at half time in the defeat against rivals Manchester City last September.

Following a solid start to the season which saw him pick up a handful of assists, the 28-year-old's form deserted him.

Speaking at his pre-match news conference ahead of Manchester United's trip to Brighton on Saturday, Mourinho said: "I was not happy with his last performances and I am not speaking about one or two". "I'm not speaking about one or two, I'm speaking about three, four or five".

"His performance levels in terms of goal scoring, assists, high pressing, recovering the ball high on the pitch, bringing the team with him as a number 10, were decreasing step by step".

Jose Mourinho criticises Henrikh Mkhitaryan's recent displays
Jose Mourinho criticises Henrikh Mkhitaryan's recent displays

'That was enough because the others, they work to have a chance, everybody works to have a chance.

Mkhitaryan recovered from that knock-back and did start this season well but hasn't featured since a lackluster display in the defeat at Chelsea on November 5. "Everybody works to have a chance so it's as simple as that". He's scoring more goals than last season.

Manchester United fans were hugely excited when Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrived at Old Trafford, and rightly so.

And Mourinho believes that despite trailing only neighbours City in the Premier League goalscoring charts, his players are not scoring enough, with French worldwide Martial singled out as an example of a player who has responded well to being left out. "I made a decision to play Marcus Rashford and Martial together", he said. "So last couple of matches Mkhitaryan was out and other players had the opportunity".

"I think we had an improvement with (Anthony) Martial". However, much like in his early days at Dortmund it seems the player is once again struggling with the mental demands of playing for a top-club.

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