Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hailed Armenian Captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a super player despite not giving him a starting role yet this season.
The 27-year-old has been used as a substituted in the Red Devils last three competitive matches with the gaffer preferring Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, and Anthony Martial to play behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
However, Mourinho insists that he believes in the former Borussia Dortmund star and like every other player he will get his chance.
“I know that Mickey is a super player, who I know for sure is going to succeed,” Jose commented. “I am not in a hurry to say that he plays in every game from the beginning just to show everyone how good he is.
“It is difficult to leave him out at the moment admittedly, but if Juan Mata is on the bench then you are telling me that I want to kick him out. If I don’t play Anthony Martial it is because he is in crisis, if it’s Ashley Young then it’s because I don’t like him and if I don’t play Memphis Depay then it’s because he’s on his way out too!
“The reality is that we have a very good squad and every weekend we are going to be here [discussing the players who are not in the team].”
The manager also talked about the form of last season’s best outfield player Anthony Martial, as he rejected suggestions that the no.11 is suffering from a second-season syndrome.
“When a team is not playing particularly great and is at an average level, then someone comes to the top. Last season, no Martial meant no three points,” said Mourinho, when asked about Anthony at his pre-match press conference.
“This season we’ve had no Martial goals and three victories. The team is okay; other players are scoring goals. I think he is performing more than okay and I wouldn’t expect more than that at this stage.”
Manchester United will battle Hull City this evening in a premier league fixture.