Phil Neville claims Henrikh Mkhitaryan must start more Premier League games for Manchester United this season.
The Armenian hadn’t featured for the club in over seven weeks but put in a spectacular display in the 4-1 EFL Cup quarter-final win over West Ham at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
He’s picked up two Man of the Match awards in a week following his showing against Feyenoord and has made a solid case for cementing his place in the starting XI.
Speaking about his involvement, Neville has urged Mourinho to play him more in the top flight.
“He was fantastic, and what impresses me most is that he doesn’t take more than one or two touches.
“The front four were sensational. Henrikh Mkhitaryan got man of the match, but it could have been any of the front four. It was a brilliant attacking performance.
“I think the performances are no different from the cup and the league, the difference is that in the cup competitions they’re finishing teams off, look ruthless in front of goal, and look happier.
“I don’t think United are too far away. I think they’ve drawn games they should have won, and if they’d won those games they’d be in the top four.
“I actually think United are going in the right direction, it’s a better brand of football we’re watching now than what we saw under Louis van Gaal, so I think United fans will be happy.
“They’ve got to start scoring goals in the Premier League. If they do, they’ll finish in the top four.”
Man United have failed to remain clinical in front of goal in the Premier League and are currently in sixth place and 11 points off leaders Chelsea.
With Mkhitaryan on the pitch, United have a seriously dangerous attacking side and I hope Mourinho gives the Armenian more opportunities to make his mark on the squad.