Ferdinand explains why Mourinho has had to axe Mkhitaryan

Hope Soto
November 23, 2017

The busy winter fixture list will see United play nine games in December alone and Mata has revealed that Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Marcos Rojo, who has also returned after seven months out with a knee injury, have given the whole squad a lift.

And coach Raphael Wicky said they will "miss" Xhaka, whose brother Granit plays for Arsenal.

At the back, both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones were missing.

He does not yet share team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cult status, but Paul Pogba's display on his comeback from injury showed his importance to Manchester United is second to none.

'The more that we are fit to play the better for everyone.

Manchester United are just within a point of securing qualification to the next round of the UEFA Champions League. Last season we had to cope with Rostov, and I don't think it's comparable, so hopefully everything goes well.

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"If the team is not winning, his presence on the pitch will be important and it will be positive for him to play with (Romelu) Lukaku".

"The story is always the thing". Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera are the preffered choices for the centre of the park, alongside Pogba.

"Normally, he is going to play, and I would say it will be a little bit more comfortable for him to play a bit more than he did the last match", Mourinho added. "Instead of 15 [minutes], I would say 20, 25". I made a decision to play Marcus Rashford and Martial together.

"Pogba's such a huge player in terms of creativity".

Mkhitaryan started the season in fine form but has been struggling to influence matches in recent weeks, particularly the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield and defeats to Huddersfield Town and Chelsea. "Until the global board change the rules, I can only start with 11", said Mourinho.

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