Henrikh Mkhitaryan is unhappy with his role at Manchester United – report

by Leo Nieboer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is unhappy with his current role at Manchester United, according to reports.

The Armenian primarily played as a No.10 for Borussia Dortmund last season, picking up 32 assists and the Bundesliga Player of the Year award in the process.

However Mkhitaryan, signed for £26.3m back in July, has featured on the right hand side under Jose Mourinho, with Wayne Rooney occupying the No.10 role.

According to Samuel Luckhurst, the 27-year-old is disappointed over not being deployed in his favoured position at Old Trafford.

One of the numerous lessons learnt following Saturday’s derby defeat was that Mkhitaryan’s style is simply not compatible with a wide role in the Premier League.

English’s football’s furious pace means that wide-men, above anything, have to work tirelessly when it comes to making the pitch big. This task, of course, requires immense discipline and an indefatigable work rate, mixed with the capacity to burst past defenders.

Needless to say, this is not something that Mkhitaryan will ever master. His strengths are subtler: acute vision, precise passing, extreme intelligence – these are the attributes that hallmark the Armenian’s game, miserably wasted whenever he finds himself shunted out wide.

And with Wayne Rooney – a growingly immobile presence in behind the striker, lacking in speed, precision and agility – sapping Man United’s potency at the axis of their attacking set-up, replacing him with Mkhitayan seems like the logical conclusion.

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