Jose Mourinho expects Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be fully fit for Manchester United’s visit to Anfield next Monday.
A shambolic individual first half display against Manchester City signals both the Armenian’s only start and most recent appearance for Man United as the 27-year-old has been impeded by injury ever since, so much so he missed Armenia’s World Cup qualifiers with Romania and Poland after being excused from international duty in order to continue his rehabilitation.
However, in some much needed positive injury news, according to the Telegraph Mourinho is adamant that Mkhitaryan – who played at Anfield last season with Borussia Dortmund – will be available for selection against Liverpool.
It was thought Mkhitaryan, out of all four of Mourinho’s summer signings, would be the first to make a real impact at Old Trafford. He was, unlike Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, able to have a full pre-season with the United squad, and came to the Theatre of Dreams in the form of his life after securing the Bundesliga’s Player of the Season award with Dortmund.
Much to the disappointment of United fans, however, the Armenian, plagued by injuries and an inability to breach the starting XI during the early stages of the season, has fallen in to the pits of anonymity at Old Trafford.
The game against Jurgen Klopp’s side, therefore, serves as the ideal chance for Mkhitaryan to finally display the creative zeal that saw him decimate German football last season.