Manchester United’s new signing of the summer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been absent from the first-team squads selected by manager Jose Mourinho to face Leicester City and Bournemouth respectively. The Portuguese has recently revealed the reason behind him taking such a decision.
“Options” is the word used by Mourinho when explaining his reason behind Mkhitaryan’s omissions. The 53-year-old said that Jese Lingard and Juan Mata were the best options for the team in the opening two games and hence they started ahead of the Armenian.
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“I went to the game against Leicester and I was reading the game and I thought we needed the speed of Jesse Lingard. And against Bournemouth, I though they wanted to press really high, and a player like Mata coming inside could reach some spacer behind,” Mourinho said, as reported by Manchester Evening News.
The self-proclaimed special one also mentioned that he is against the idea of always selecting the players he has bought in the transfer market. The team comes before everything for Mourinho and he will do what he thinks is best for the team.
“In those two matches, Mata and Lingard were the best options for the team, adapted to the reality of the Premier League so I made that decision.” Mourinho added.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach however went on to praise Mkhitaryan and his skills. He stated that the Armenia international is a super football player and he will be given a lot of opportunities to display his talent this season.
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