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In Focus: Mkhitaryan more likely to leave Man United than Fellaini in January

According to reports in The Mirror, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly willing to listen to offers for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marouane Fellaini during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Mourinho has told any unsettled players that they can leave next month if the price is right, and that could apply to Mkhitaryan and Fellaini.

The Mirror says the former is unhappy at being banished from the matchday squad in recent weeks by the Portuguese boss following a poor run of form, while the latter is yet to agree an extension to his contract that is due to run out next summer.

Speaking on Friday, according to The Mirror, Mourinho said: “I think every player has a price. If a player is not happy, if a player brings with him the request with the number that we consider a good number for us – like it happened for us last season with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin – I would never say no.”

Would the duo be a big loss?

Fellaini would probably be a bigger loss than Mkhitaryan, and that is something that United supporters wouldn’t have believed at the start of last season.

The Belgium international has proven to be an important player for the Red Devils over the course of the last 18 months or so, and as well as being a strong midfielder he has also been useful in both penalty areas.

Meanwhile, Mkhitaryan looked as though he could be a key player for Mourinho’s men this term when he provided five assists in their opening three Premier League matches, but his form dropped off and he hasn’t even made the squad in recent weeks.

Will they go in January?

As Mourinho says, if the club receives an offer that they deem to be acceptable then it is more than likely they will go.

If United could recoup most of the £30m they paid to sign Mkhitaryan in 2016 they would certainly sell given his apparent fall-out with the Portuguese boss, while Fellaini could leave if he tells the Red Devils that he has no intention of signing a new contract.

Considering he has six months left on that deal, it remains to be seen what bid could prise the Belgian away in the New Year however.

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