Why did Jose Mourinho not play Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the start of the season?
It’s a question we’re going to be asking ourselves for months to come.
Mourinho gave the Armenian very little game-time after signing him from Borussia Dortmund for £26 million in the summer.
However, it seems as though the forward has earned his place back in this United side in recent weeks.
He was brilliant against Feyenoord last week as the Red Devils strolled to a 4-0 victory and he was given another opportunity to impress in the EFL Cup against West Ham at Old Trafford.
And it took him a matter of minutes for him to light up the match.
Mkhitaryan was running at the West Ham defence early on and showed incredible vision to back-heel a pass into the path of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede made no mistake with his finish past Adrian to give Mourinho’s side a 2nd-minute lead.
As you'd expect, United fans were buzzing after seeing this piece of skill from Mkhitaryan. Check out the best reaction:
With United already 11 points off the top of the table, Mourinho with be relying on the likes of Mkhitaryan to find their form ahead of the hectic festive period. Maybe leaving him out of action for the early part of the season will see a refreshed and hungry Mkhitaryan in the latter stage of the season.
If he continues producing moments of magic like has had done tonight, Mourinho simply won’t be able to leave him out of the squad for the upcoming fixtures.