Why Manchester United outcast must start against West Ham on Sunday
By Emma Sanders
Henrikh Mkhitaryan must start for Manchester United when they host West Ham at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The 27-year-old made only his second start of the season during United’s 4-0 victory against Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday evening and justified his selection with an impressive display.
Mkhitaryan has had very few chances since joining for £26million from Borussia Dortmund in the summer despite being tipped as one of the stars to shine this season.
However, he demonstrated why he has been regarded as one of the most exciting forwards in Europe during his performance against Feyenoord and he deserves to retain his place in the starting XI.
Alongside Wayne Rooney, the Armenia international was clearly United’s best player and the only thing missing from his performance was a goal, which he had a few opportunities to get in the second half.
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The forward was full of energy and ideas and looked a threat throughout the game. For many observers, it was hard to understand why he has been overlooked by manager Jose Mourinho so often this season.
In his final campaign for Dortmund, Mkhitaryan scored 18 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions, including a goal against Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Europa League so is clearly a threat in attack.
Manchester United have plenty of options, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial all vowing for a place in the starting XI but it should be Mkhitaryan who gets the nod on Sunday.
In other Manchester United news, here are Football Insider’s player ratings for the team which faced Feyenoord on Thursday evening.