Tony Gale: Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not the type of player Manchester United want

Tony Gale: Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not the type of player Manchester United want

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not the type of player the club trusts according to Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale.

The former Borussia Dortmund man moved to Old Trafford last season with fans having high expectations for him considering how impressive he was for the German side.

In his first campaign he struggled to perform but most supporters put it down to him adjusting to the Premier League as his performances in the Europa League were admirable.

Their theory seemed to be confirmed in his second season under Jose Mourinho as he started it in fine form, grabbing a ridiculous amount of assists and proving to everyone his worth.

Since then though Mkhitaryan has declined sharply and Gale believes he’s not being trusted in his favoured position and accused United that they aren’t getting the best out of him.

According to the Sport Review, Tony said to Sky Sports News: “He hasn’t been trusted to play in that midfield. They go for a more solid type of player in midfield.

“When I saw him at Dortmund in the Champions League, I thought he was excellent. He pressed the ball and then he was a top player when he had the ball as well. He was a top player who could score goals and make goals.

“But he’s not the type of player that Man United seemingly want in that midfield at the moment. I might suggest that he would be a good signing for anyone.”

Tales of a former Borussia Dortmund star failing at Old Trafford does bring up disappointing memories of Shinji Kagawa’s time at the club.

The Japanese international had a similar story of performing in the Bundesliga but failing to adapt to the English Premier League successfully.

In fairness he was often played out of position and when he left he accused the Red Devils of being too slow in possession and not trusting teammates to make forward passes.

Traces of these elements can be seen in United’s game even now but Mkhitaryan’s inconsistencies is what’s more puzzling to fans than anything else.

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