Manchester United attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reportedly emerged as a target for former club Borussia Dortmund amid Jose Mourinho’s recent criticism over the Armenian’s showing.
The 28-year-old began the current campaign in fine fashion with two goals and five assists by the end of September. However, his form has since dipped drastically, and Mourinho publicly criticised Mkhitaryan for ‘disappearing in games‘ prior to the Brighton win last weekend.
According to BBC Sport, Dortmund are interested in re-acquiring the services of Mkhitaryan, should he be deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. The German outfit have previous history of signing former players including Shinji Kagawa, Mario Gotze and Nuri Sahin, and the speculation does not come as a huge surprise.
Mkhitaryan played the final 20 minutes of the 1-0 win over Brighton last weekend, but his performance was not up to scratch to change Mourinho’s recent opinion of him. Jose Mourinho dropped Mkhitaryan from Manchester United’s last two squads. The attacker now is likely to be utilised on a rotational basis during the festive schedule, and his performances could define whether he has a long-term future under the Portuguese tactician.
Manchester United face a tricky away game at Watford on Tuesday night after which they take on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off at the Emirates Stadium.