Date published: Sunday 14th January 2018 11:03
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been offered no assurances over his long-term Manchester United future by Jose Mourinho.
The Armenian was one of Mourinho’s first signings in the summer of 2016 but inconsistency has blighted the playmaker since he joined from Borussia Dortmund for £26.3million.
Mkhitaryan started just one Premier League game in the first four months of last season owing to a thigh injury and his manager’s belief he needed time to adapt – and was taken off at half-time in the game he began.
He seemed to have turned the corner in December, though, and ended the campaign with 11 goals, including his improvised scorpion-kick strike against Sunderland and the second in United’s Europa League final win over Ajax.
The 29-year-old began this campaign with five assists in the first three top-flight fixtures but his form tailed off again and having been substituted at half-time against Derby in their most recent game – a move Mourinho later apologised for – his name has been littered in gossip columns regarding a potential exit this month.
“My approach to players is that every player has a price,” Mourinho said when asked directly about whether Mkhitaryan would stay.
“It doesn’t matter who he is. It doesn’t matter the level. It doesn’t matter the prestige, the status. I think every player has a price.
“And I am not the kind of blind manager…blind in the sense…