Jose Mourinho confirms out-of-favour star will return vs Brighton

Jose Mourinho confirms out-of-favour star will return vs Brighton

Jose Mourinho confirms out-of-favour star will return vs Brighton

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he feels he had no choice but to drop Henrikh Mkhitaryan from the Manchester United team because he was "disappearing" on the pitch for the Red Devils.

Mkhitaryan had a tough start to his United career and did not start a Premier League game in nearly three months after being substituted at half-time in the defeat to Manchester City last September.

The 26 year old Armenian worldwide has been left out of the starting lineup for Manchester United's three latest fixtures, not even making the squad twice after manager José Mourinho had stated that the player's performances had been on the decline and that he was far from happy.

Speaking ahead of United's clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) Mourinho discussed Mkhitaryan's recent form.

"It's not one or two, I am talking about three, four or five". His performance levels in terms of goal scoring and assists, high pressing, recovering the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a No 10, were decreasing step by step.

'That was enough because the others, they work to have a chance, everybody works to have a chance.

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However, he turned things around in the second half of the season and also scored in United's Europa League final win over Ajax in May, quickly establishing himself as an integral part of Mourinho's side.

Manchester United fans were hugely excited when Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrived at Old Trafford, and rightly so. Everybody works to have a chance.

"The answer is very simple - until the worldwide board change the rules, I can only start with 11!"

Manchester United take on Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

'I think it is quite fair that Mkhitaryan is back'.

Mourinho certainly will not shy from telling his players what to do, especially after slipping back into old habits as a lack of cutting edge saw them lose a match in Basel they dominated. However, much like in his early days at Dortmund it seems the player is once again struggling with the mental demands of playing for a top-club.

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