Henrikh Mkhitaryan has explained why Jose Mourinho did not risk playing him in Manchester United’s Premier League win at Middlesbrough.
The Armenian confirmed he had a slight injury and remained on the bench as Man United came to 3-1 victory, to finally move out of sixth place after sixth months.
Jose Mourinho started Mkhitaryan in Man United’s Europa League victory over FC Rostov, just three days before the game at Middlesbrough and he was then taken off after Ander Herrera‘s 35th-minute red card in the FA Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea.
Speaking about the situation, Mkhitaryan claimed everything is fine now.
“I just had a minor injury and couldn’t play against Middlesbrough,” he said. “Even though I was on the bench. Thank God, everything is fine now, I feel well.
“I had a slight injury, I talked with the coach and together we decided, I’d better not play against Middlesbrough not to risk my health.
“When there is a risk of injury, it is better not play one match than risk missing a longer period.
“I do not pay attention to that, I focus on my performances and on my job.
“If I think what I can do for Armenia, and at the same time forget about football, I won’t be able to do anything, that is why I focus on football, on training, on my performances.
“I try to show my best on the pitch and in this way show people what it means to be Armenian, and present Armenia abroad.”
He was fit enough to score in Armenia’s World Cup qualifying fixture against Kazakhstan and he’s set to return to the United line-up versus West Brom on Saturday.
Mkhitaryan has quickly made himself a fan favourite and hopes are he can continue his impressive form as he’s been our standout performer this campaign.