The joy around Old Trafford was brilliant to watch this afternoon, as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United finally managed a win at home in the Premier League – after four consecutive draws in that competition. The man who provided the magic was Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and what a joy it was to watch him.
However, the game was marred somewhat midway through the second half, the Armenian was on the end of a dodgy tackle from Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose, which meant our 27-year-old had to be stretchered off the field.
After the match, the Manchester United faithful were left anxious at the severity of the injury. They didn’t have to wait long, though, as Jose Mourinho gave an update directly after the match.
“It looks like the next match [at Crystal Palace] is a ‘no’, but it looks like it is nothing that is really dangerous or that needs surgery,” the manager told MUTV. “So hopefully we will probably have Micki on Boxing Day [against Sunderland at Old Trafford].”
Whilst it is a shame that Mkhitaryan will be missing against Crystal Palace (and possibly West Brom), but thankfully the injury isn’t one that’ll keep him sidelined for months.
He has been a real joy to watch over the last few games, and he’s a real integral part of Jose Mourinho’s plans going forward. He certainly offers Manchester United something they’ve been lacking in recent years, and the sooner he gets back into the mix, the better.