Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea has left everybody wondering what is up with Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho’s team has won just one of their past six Premier League matches, leaving them six points adrift of the leaders.
It’s only October, and six points is a salvageable deficit, but the fact remains that United have problems.
Paul Pogba is turning into an £89 million bust. Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn’t scored in 498 minutes of league action. Chris Smalling, United’s captain at Stamford Bridge, was at fault for Pedro’s goal, N’Golo Kante’s goal, and the two goals in between.
The wheels are threatening to fall off in a season that United supporters had hoped would be the one that returned them to England’s throne.
But Mourinho need fear no longer. Paul Merson, the pundit everybody turns to in times of desperation, has some advice for the Portuguese.
Ahead of Wednesday evening’s EFL Cup contest against Manchester City, Merson wants to see Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - two players who have found minutes hard to come by this season, for varying reasons - return to the starting line-up.
Merson went as far as to call Mkhitaryan, who has played 107 minutes of Premier League football, United’s “best player”.
“I think Wayne Rooney has got to come back in,” Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column. “He got the blame before they dropped him and they've not improved since then. He got dropped for not doing too much wrong.
“I think [Mourinho] needs to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan fit and in the team. He's got the X Factor and they need to get him playing.
“It's a really strange one. Mourinho said he needs match fitness, so why didn't he give him 30 minutes against Fenerbahce? He is their best player.”
Rumours of Old Trafford exit
Mkhitaryan hasn’t played for United since September 10 since picking up a thigh injury while featuring for Armenia.
Reports that Mourinho was ready to sell the former Borussia Dortmund star were described as being ‘completely false’ by a source close to the Manchester Evening News.
However, the fact that he has been overlooked for United’s recent games, despite returning to training four weeks ago, has left supporters concerned.
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