Jose Mourinho explains why Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn't starting for Man Utd

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Two weeks into the new season, three-quarters of Manchester United's new signings have looked like masterstrokes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic already has four goals to his name, Paul Pogba looked like he'd never been away in his debut last week, and Eric Bailly has pushed aside concerns about his experience and looks an accomplished centreback.

But then there is United's fourth summer arrival, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who, to the bemusement of some fans of the Old Trafford club, has played just 29 minutes in the Red Devils' opening two Premier League games. Speaking ahead of their game against Hull, Jose Mourinho attempted to explain just why the Armenian has struggled for minutes thus far.


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Rather than any wrongdoing on Mkhitaryan's part, or anything untoward behind the scenes, the issue is simply the performances his fellow midfielders have been putting in on the pitch.

"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.

"Maybe he will play at Hull [on Saturday]. We have a very good squad and every weekend we are going to be here and you are going to ask about A, B or C because it's a normal thing."

No rush

After impressing during pre-season following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, many United fans expected to see Mkhitaryan given a starting role when the new season got underway.

Instead, they've watched him come on as late substitute with the points already wrapped up in both Premier League fixtures so far. As Mourinho said, that raised a few eyebrows considering the money spent to bring him to Old Trafford.

Clearly though there is nothing to worry about - in fact, it is the opposite.

United's squad is playing so well that a high-profile, talented player like Mkhitaryan is having to bide his time to show Mourinho what he can do.

Considering the way things have gone at Old Trafford in recent years, that is a pretty good position for the club to be in right now.

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