Jose Mourinho confirms Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be available for the Manchester derby

by Leo Nieboer


Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United have no injuries ahead of the Manchester derby on Saturday.

It was reported earlier this week that Marouane Fellaini, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all be doubts for the derby.

However, Fellaini has recovered from a back injury sustained against Hull City, whilst Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard are both in prime condition amid rumours that the two were not 100% ahead of the contest with Pep Guardiola’s side.

On Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the boss said: “He is available. I’m not saying he’s ready to play 90 minutes but he’s ready to try to help us.”

United fans will be delighted to hear that Mkhitaryan, following a week uncertainty surrounding his condition, will feature against the noisy neighbours.

A vital component when it comes to toppling Guardiola’s esteemed system, above anything, is speed and precision. This side is designed to thwart any kind of systematic build-up, almost by default. With Mkhitaryan, a new, dangerous element is thrown into the equation – a level of unpredictability and cut-throat specificity when it comes to picking apart a defence.

Indeed, that ruthless manipulation of the opposition is what enabled the Armenian to change the game against Hull City. And United fans will be desperate to see last year’s Bundesliga Player of the Year replicate the same heroics against Manchester City.

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