Forgotten man to be handed Manchester United chance

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to given a chance to stake his claim for regular inclusion in Manchester United’s Premier League squad against Feyenoord tonight.

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The 27-year-old summer signing from Borussia Dortmund has started just one match after enduring a difficult transition to English football and was left out of the Red Devils’ squad for the draw against Arsenal on Saturday.

However, with games coming thick and fast during the festive period, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the Armenian will be given an opportunity to prove his worth at Old Traffrod.

Asked about a potential start for Mkhitaryan against Feyenoord, Mourinho said: “Yes. I told him today [Saturday] that he is going to be involved in the game against Feyenoord. He is trying.

“Obviously he is not happy but he is transforming his frustration in a good way, which is to close the mouth, work hard and try to adapt.

“I told him ‘this was not the game for you’ because I don’t think he needs 10 or 20 minutes from the bench,” he continued.

“I said ‘I think you need a good game and you need to either start or, if not, to come for the second half’. He needs less pressure and better conditions for him to express his qualities.”

Heavily criticised for a perceived ‘lack of commitment’ Luke Shaw will also make his return to the side this evening.

But Eric Bailly (knee) and Chris Smalling (toe) are both unavailable for the Europa League clash and Marouane Fellaini is doubtful due to a calf injury.

Currently third in Group A after four games, United can leapfrog their Dutch opponents into second with a win at Old Trafford.

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Asked about a potential start for Mkhitaryan against Feyenoord, Mourinho said: “Yes. I told him today [Saturday] that he is going to be involved in the game against Feyenoord. He is trying.

“Obviously he is not happy but he is transforming his frustration in a good way, which is to close the mouth, work hard and try to adapt.

“I told him ‘this was not the game for you’ because I don’t think he needs 10 or 20 minutes from the bench,” he continued.

“I said ‘I think you need a good game and you need to either start or, if not, to come for the second half’. He needs less pressure and better conditions for him to express his qualities.”

Heavily criticised for a perceived ‘lack of commitment’ Luke Shaw will also make his return to the side this evening.

But Eric Bailly (knee) and Chris Smalling (toe) are both unavailable for the Europa League clash and Marouane Fellaini is doubtful due to a calf injury.

Currently third in Group A after four games, United can leapfrog their Dutch opponents into second with a win at Old Trafford.

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