Wednesday 16 January 2019

Mkhitaryan: 'I'll fight for my future'

Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pic: PA Wire
Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pic: PA Wire

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has told Jose Mourinho that he is determined to fight for his place at Manchester United .

The 27-year-old has only started one game since his £30m move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

And after coming on as a second half substitute during the 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce last week he was told by Mourinho he must 'do more' to earn a regular place.

He was left out of the squad again for United's 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday. But he insists he will stay at Old Trafford and in a bid to win over his new manager.

He said: "It's true that I get little time on the field but I am not going to give in.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Pic: Reuters
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Pic: Reuters

"I went a long way to play in Manchester United, so nothing will prevent me from achieving my dream.

"I will not retreat. I will find the strength to reach my goal."

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has dropped a major hint to United by saying he would like to play alongside France team-mate Paul Pogba at club level in the future. The 25-year-old former Real Socieded forward and the United midfielder have posted a number of photographs together on social media recently as a sign of their friendship.

It has been reported that United are looking to sign Griezmann next summer as Mourinho seeks to strengthen his attacking options, and the presence of Pogba at Old Trafford may prove pivotal in a move to the Premier League for the Atleti man.

Griezmann said: "I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United. I think they are a huge club with a really good infrastructure.

"I ask Paul about some of the players, and if they're really that good, or if Jose Mourinho is really that good.

"You hear a lot of things (speculation) about Manchester United and Paris St Germain but right now I don't see me moving to a new club. But It would be awesome to play alongside Paul one day."

United have been handed a major injury headache with the news that Marouane Fellaini has been sent home from Belgium's squad with a calf injury.

The immediate fear for United is that Fellaini could now be a doubt for United's game against Arsenal on Saturday November 19.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez confirmed the midfielder had been sent home but seemed to suggest that the injury was sustained during United's 3-1 win over Swansea this weekend.

Fellaini had been with his country for the upcoming World Cup qualifying clashes with the Netherlands and Estonia.

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