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Mkhitaryan is dangerous.

Arsene Wenger explains why Henrikh Mkhitaryan is 'dangerous'

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Manchester United have made four high-profile signings this summer but there’s one player that is struggling to make an impact.

Eric Bailly has arrived from Villarreal for £30 million and has impressed immensely, earning three man-of-the-match awards during his first four competitive matches.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his debut in a pre-season friendly against Galatasaray and continued that form by scoring against Leicester in the Community Shield, Bournemouth and twice against Southampton.

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Paul Pogba has become the world’s most expensive player and has started both of his matches since arriving for £89 million and has settled in instantly.

However, things aren’t quite as rosy for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian joined Jose Mourinho’s side from Borussia Dortmund for £26.3 million but has failed to start this campaign.

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This has raised eyebrows amongst United fans with Mourinho handing starts to the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata while Mkhitaryan has had to make do with less than 30 minutes in each of the Red Devils’ first four matches this season.

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However, although he's failing to start for his new club, one man is convinced by Mkhitaryan’s ability. That man is Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who believes that the 27-year-old can be ‘dangerous’ for his side.

Wenger on Mkhitaryan

“[Mkhitaryan] has always been a very good midfielder but last year was the first year where he scored goals,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.

“I think he scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga so that of course makes him more dangerous.

“He will bring something to Man United.”

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But just because he isn’t starting, it doesn’t mean that Mourinho doesn’t rate Mkhitaryan. There is a reason the Portuguese boss parted with £26 million to sign him and has insisted he is in no rush to name him in his starting line-up.

Mourinho on Mkhitaryan

"The others are playing really well," Mourinho said, via Goal, when asked about his big money signing's lack of playing time.

"When some managers buy players they play because they think about protecting themselves. I choose this player, I bought this player, I have to show the world I was right.

"No, the first thing I think about is my team. Miki is a super player and so I am sure he will succeed. I am not in a rush to play him to show the world how good he is.”

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