Photos: Henrikh Mkhitaryan returns to training with Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has returned to training with the Manchester United squad after missing the side’s trip to Anfield through injury.

The Armenian, signed for £27m over the summer, has only made one start under Jose Mourinho, and his last appearance in a red shirt dates back to September 10th.

Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Mourinho confirmed that Mkhitaryan was “no longer injured” and ready to “go back the levels we know he can achieve.”

The 27-year-old was pictured working hard at Carrington earlier today.

Amid the hysteria surrounding Wayne Rooney‘s consignment to the bench, alongside the more recent prattling over Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho‘s ‘park the bus tactics’, the football world has largely forgotten about Mkhitaryan.

And yet, this is someone who came to Old Trafford in the form of his life, arriving with the Bundesliga Player of the Year award to his name. His presence was supposed to embolden Man United’s creative zeal, but aside from an exceptional cameo against Hull City the Armenian has been a peripheral, uncertain figure, plagued by injury woes and confidence issues.

His last appearance, against Manchester City back in September, was miserably substandard, and one suspects he’ll be keen to set the record straight in the coming weeks after returning to fitness.

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