Jose Mourinho appears to be easing Henrikh Mkhitaryan gently into the Manchester United team following the Armenia international’s summer move from Borussia Dortmund.
The 27-year-old made an impressive first appearance for the Red Devils against Wigan Athletic in pre-season, scored against Dortmund in the next friendly and played 45 minutes in the 5-2 victory over Galatasaray.
However, he has appeared less since the competitive action got underway - literally seconds against Leicester City in the Community Shield, 15 minutes against Bournemouth and 14 minutes against Southampton.
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Nevertheless, United fans have already created a chant for the former Dortmund star - and it’s simple but effective.
And, more importantly, Mkhitaryan is a fan.
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The lyrics to the chant are:
He's our midfield Armenian.
It’s not quite as elaborate as the United fans’ excellent new chant for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but you can still expect it to be heard at Old Trafford on a regular basis over the coming weeks and months.
Mkhitaryan 'liked' it on Twitter
How we do we know that Mkhitaryan likes it?
Well, the attacking midfielder has literally ‘liked’ it on Twitter.
His 851st and most recent ‘like’ is a video of a group of boozed-up United fans enthusiastically singing his chant while at a bar in Manchester.
Mourinho explains why Mkhitaryan hasn't started yet
It shouldn’t be too much longer before United fans see more of Mkhitaryan.
Last week, Mourinho explained why the Armenian hasn’t yet started a competitive match for the Red Devils.
"Options," the Portuguese coach was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "I went to the game against Leicester and I was reading the game and I thought we needed the speed of Jesse Lingard.
"And against Bournemouth, I thought they wanted to press really high, and a player like Mata coming inside could reach some spaces behind the lines of pressure and it could be very useful for us. And I decided to play Rooney both games in that position close to Zlatan and I didn't start with Mikhy.
"Some managers when they buy players, when it is their decision to buy players, the first thing they think is to protect themselves and to protect their choices. The players they buy have to play all the time. I am not like this. Before me comes the team, and what I think is the best for the team.
"In those two matches, Mata and Lingard were the best options for the team, adapted to the reality of the Premier League so I made that decision.
"But Mkhitaryan is a super football player and he will be given a lot of opportunities this season."
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