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Henrikh Mkhitaryan ‘wants showdown talks’ with Jose Mourinho after recent exile

Armenian was left out of the squad as United went 2-1 down to local rivals Man City on Sunday

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has officially disappeared off the face of the Earth in recent weeks.

And the Armenian now ‘wants showdown talks’ with Jose Mourinho over his Manchester United future after being dropped again, according to reports.


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The midfielder has been out of the Red Devils’ starting line-up recently and has not started a game since the 1-0 loss at Chelsea in November.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sits on the bench at the AON Training Complex

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan sits on the bench at the AON Training Complex

And he was nowhere to be seen on the United teamsheet as they lost 2-1 to rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

Instead, Jesse Lingard has be drafted in by Mourinho to play behind Romelu Lukaku, with the Carrington graduate offering more pace on the counter attack.

But, according to the Star, the 28-year-old will seek assurances over his place in the squad.

Just weeks after arriving for £30million, Mkhitaryan was left out of the United side for months after flopping in his new club’s previous 2-1 Old Trafford loss to City.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not started a game for United since their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea last month

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not started a game for United since their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea last month

Henrikh Mkhitaryan does warm-up drills at Manchester United's Carrington training ground

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan does warm-up drills at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was deemed to have played too many games by Jose Mourinho after playing twice for Armenia

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan was deemed to have played too many games by Jose Mourinho after playing twice for Armenia

Jesse Lingard has been starting for United in Henrikh Mkhitaryan's stead

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Jesse Lingard has been starting for United instead

Jose Mourinho's United were found wanting again as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at Old Trafford

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Jose Mourinho’s United were found wanting again as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at Old Trafford

He was deemed as lacking the pace and physicality for the Premier League and eventually worked his way back in, after following a conditioning regime, before scoring in the Europa League final win.

Mourinho has recently assured fans and the media that Mkhitaryan has simply been rested after playing several games for club and country at the start of the season.

Mkhitaryan started the season strongly for United, with a series of assists as the Red Devils hit the ground running with big wins over West Ham, Leicester, Swansea and Everton.

But he seemed to suffer after Paul Pogba was injured for a couple of months and has slowly drifted out of the first-team picture again.

He played 20 minutes in the 1-0 win over Brighton last month after featuring in two friendlies for Armenia against Belarus and Cyprus, where he scored two goals.


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