AFC Bournemouth are the visitors coming to Old Trafford tomorrow, in a Premier League game that could well see us move up the table depending on other results going our way. However, ahead of the match we’ve been dealt a cruel piece of injury news.
The manager met the media and confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is indeed missing for the visit of the Cherries, but thankfully, he should be back for the game against Chelsea in the FA Cup next weekend.
“Mkhitaryan is still out,” the manager told MUTV. “He didn’t recover in time for this game. I believe, during the next week, especially for the weekend [ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge], he will be fine and we don’t have major problems. Bastian has a little thing but, apart from that, everybody is fine.”
It’s always tougher on the field without your star players being ready and available to go, and it’s fair to say that the 27-year-old Armenia star has been one of our standout players over the last couple of months.
His creativity, skill, pace and work ethic has been wonderful to watch this season, and his absence was evident in the EFL Cup final despite the fact we did end up winning that fixture.
The sooner he’s back in action the better, particularly with the fixture pile-up we currently have due to our participation in the Europa League. Hopefully, when he does return he won’t need time to ease back into things and he’ll be playing at the high level we’ve become accustomed to.