Armenian football chief's revelation about Henrikh Mkhitaryan's Man Utd situation

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Jose Mourinho spent the second half of Manchester United's 0-0 draw against Burnley watching from the stands.

In doing so, he was sitting only a few seats away from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the big money summer signing who has been mysteriously absent from Mourinho's United squads in recent weeks.

The continued absence of last season's Bundesliga Player of the Year has been one of the big talking points amongst fans as United have struggled over the past month or so. Apparently, though, it hasn't been one of the big talking points between the player and his manager.

That's according to Armenia Football Federation president Ruben Hayrapetyan who had a worrying revelation about the current situation the star of his national team is enduring at Old Trafford.

"I cannot know what the Manchester manager is thinking about," Hayrapetyan said in an interview with Armenpress, via

"I have talked with Mkhitaryan, he also doesn't know what Jose Mourinho is thinking.

"Mkhitaryan trains and is in good shape but no one knows the reason [why he is not playing]."

Just how much the Armenian football chief really knows about the inner workings at Old Trafford is unclear, but he does claim to have spoken to Mkhitaryan about his ongoing predicament.

And, if Mourinho really has left the summer signing in the dark as to why he has been used so sparingly this season and hasn't been included in consecutive United squads, that is a real concern.

Speaking before the Red Devils' stalemate against Burnley, Mourinho claimed that, while Mkhitaryan wasn't injured, he needed time to adjust to the English game.

However, that begs the question; how exactly is the Armenia star supposed to get used to the English game if he isn't even included in match day squads?

This certainly isn't what United fans expected when their club splashed over £25 million in the summer to bring the 27-year-old winger in from Dortmund.

And, give the success Mkhitaryan had in Germany last season - he scored or assisted 53 goals in 51 games for Dortmund in 2015/16 - you'd think he would be ready to contribute from the off.

It remains to be seen what happens next in this ever-growing saga. However, perhaps the most important thing Mourinho must do when the team returns to training on Monday is sit down and explain to Mkhitaryan just what is going on.

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