Just before the two-week international period, Manchester United took on Middlesbrough away from home in a game they simply had to win. The Red Devils did manage to get a result as they beat their opponents 3-1, moving them up to fifth in the table.
During that match, one man we didn’t see take to the field was Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and that definitely left me puzzled; particularly as he was named as a substitute.
Now, though, the 27-year-old has been speaking to the media about why he didn’t feature in that game; and now we know why. The Armenia captain had picked up a minor injury, and he explained that himself and Jose Mourinho took the decision to not risk him.
“I just had a minor injury and couldn’t play against Middlesbrough,” said the Armenian, as per The Metro.
“Even though I was on the bench. Thank God, everything is fine now, I feel well.”
“I had a slight injury, I talked with the coach and together we decided, I’d better not play against Middlesbrough not to risk my health.”
“When there is a risk of injury, it is better not play one match than risk missing a longer period.”
He’s obviously now back in action and playing for his country, meaning he should be fit and ready to go when Manchester United take on West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
It’s definitely fair to say that when Mkhitaryan broke into the first team just before the turn of the year, it came as no coincidence that Manchester United started playing better.
What will be a concern is the fact that this isn’t his first injury since arriving at Old Trafford. Hopefully, he’s just going through a bit of a bad luck period rather than the thought that he’s injury prone…