Manchester United decimated Fenerbahce by a 4-1 scoreline last night, with Jose Mourinho’s men getting back to winning ways after two draws on the bounce. However, the fans were left questioning one key decision by the manager on the evening.
They were curious as to why Henrikh Mkhitaryan wasn’t involved in the match day squad at all, despite the fact that he was back in full training. The self-proclaimed Special One has responded, and it certainly makes sense.
“One thing is fit and not injured, another is match fitness, match intensity and ready to play this game,” Mourinho told reporters.
“I play with Lingard and Martial, I have on the bench Rashford and Memphis Depay, I cannot play with everyone at the same time.
“Micky hasn’t played in a long time, this team is a good team with a good intensity.”
For those of you who have followed Mkhitaryan’s career, he has always been a notoriously slow starter at a new club, and that seems to be the case again here. We all know his qualities, and when given a proper run in the side when he’s fully fit, this is a genuinely world class player and I’ve no doubts he will get it right.
It will take time for him to get back to 100%, and yes, it would’ve been nice to see him get on the pitch last night, but if Jose feels he wasn’t ready then you have to respect that decision.