Hargreaves questions Man United boss’ exclusion of star

Manchester United have found no joy under new manager Jose Mourinho this season, despite spending £150m in the summer, and the Portuguese boss’ selection policy has come under question.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba continue to be given central roles despite poor performances, whilst the likes of Juan Mata and Michael Carrick are continuously overlooked despite statistics from the games they have played showing their inclusion benefits the squad.

And one notable exclusion has caught the eye of former Manchester United man Owen Hargreaves, who has questioned why summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn’t featuring when speaking to Squawka:

“He needs to play, I can’t believe that he’s not getting a look-in. He would be a banker in my starting XI.  He had a slow start at Dortmund too and he was the players’ player of the year last season. He got 23 goals and 32 assists, which is staggering numbers.

“This wasn’t in a terrible league against pub teams and I can’t think of anybody who could put up those numbers besides Messi and Ronaldo. He’s a top player and we haven’t seen it yet at United.

“The thing is, he’s such a wonderful player but I think he’s also quite a sensitive guy. It would have been perfect if he started off flying with goals and assists, but the slow start has probably hit his confidence.”

Mkhitaryan has been regularly overlooked by Mourinho this season, despite the Red Devils paying Borussia Dortmund £26m for his services in the summer, which has raised questions as to why the Armenia international was purchased in the first place.

United fans will be hoping Mkhitaryan doesn’t end up as the latest man in a long line of questionable signings from Mourinho, which has included the likes of Radamel Falcao and Baba Rahman previously.