Despite scoring the winning goal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be watching Manchester United from the sidelines because of an ankle injury.
With just five minutes left in the match, the midfielder left the pitch on a stretcher after a terrible tackle against Tottenham’s Danny Rose.
Many, including the Red Devils’ manager, Jose Mourinho, feared that the injury was serious. But in an interview, he shared that there is really nothing to be worred about.
“It looks like next match not, but not needing surgery. Hopefully we have him for Boxing Day,” he stressed.
However, a closer look into the Special One’s statement shows that he was not giving an assurance in Mkhitaryan’s return. Rather, it was simply an assumption—some sort of a wishful thinking. The only thing that is certain is that he will not be featuring in the matches against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.
Mkhitaryan arrived at Old Traford after successfully signing a £26M deal last summer. Despite being carefully hand picked by Mourinho himself, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man still has to prove himself to United’s new boss.
Since the Manchester Derby, he has not featured for the club. It was only this November when they were pitted against West Ham that he was able to enjoy some playing minutes. Miki was also present during the stalemate against Everton and just recently, he scored United’s winning goal against Tottenham, much to Mourinho’s delight.
“He crossed the line to be a better player. He crossed the line mentally, that others have to cross. I want more from some of my attacking players.” Mourinho said.
The Red Devils are undefeated in their last six matches. However, majoritty of those encounters resulted in an even steven finish. With their most recent win and Mkhitaryan stepping up his game, their most recent victory comes as a welcome relief.