Manchester United’s attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan “does not know what Jose Mourinho is thinking,” according to the Armenian football federation’s president.
Mkhitaryan suffered a thigh injury while on international duty with Armenia but was rushed back into United’s team for the derby match against Manchester City on Sept. 10.
The Armenian was substituted at half-time of the 2-1 defeat, with Mourinho later publicly complaining that some players had not given him what he wanted — and the 27-year-old has not played again since then.
Ruben Hayrapetyan, president of the Football Federation of Armenia, was quoted by Armenpress as saying:
“I cannot know what the Manchester United manager is thinking about. I have talked with Mkhitaryan, he also doesn’t know what Jose Mourinho is thinking. Mkhitaryan trains and is in good shape, but no one knows the reason [for his continued absence from games].”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not featured for Manchester United in over six weeks.
Mourinho had said in his news conference on Friday that the player was training and needed time to “become the top player we know he can be”.
The midfielder, signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, was again left out of the United matchday squad against Burnley on Saturday, though, and watched from the stands.