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Why Manchester United must start 27-year-old outcast v Feyenoord

COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be handed a rare start for Manchester United on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old has made just six appearances since he moved to Old Trafford in the summer and has not featured in the Premier League since September.

United host Dutch side Feyenoord in the Europa League and could be eliminated from the competition with a defeat, but a victory would put them in pole position to qualify to the knockout rounds.

Mkhitaryan must be included in the starting XI by manager Jose Mourinho, who continues to overlook him this season.

The attacker is yet to be handed a run of games in the side and has proved in the past what a dangerous player he can be.

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Mkhitaryan completed a £26.3million move to United in the summer transfer window from Borussia Dortmund and was expected to be a first-team regular.

The Armenian international has endured a horrid time and is currently struggling to be named in Mourinho’s match day squad.

He enjoyed a phenomenal season in his final year with Dortmund, scoring 23 goals and supplying 32 assists in 52 appearances.

The attacker midfielder, who predominately plays on the right wing, showed his qualities for the German side and must be utilised better by Mourinho.

Anthony Martial is one winger who is currently above Mkhitaryan in the pecking order and he is failing to deliver consistent performances.

United are currently sixth-placed in the Premier League and scored 17 goals in 12 games, while rivals Liverpool have netted 30 in that time.

Mkhitaryan could be the creative spark missing from the side and must be given a fair opportunity to show his talent, starting with the Europa League clash with Feyenoord.

In other Manchester United news, they are set to extend the contract of this star player.