First Team: 28-year-old wants to resolve his Old Trafford future with Mourinho

Manchester United attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is keen on holding talks with manager Jose Mourinho after falling out-of-favour since the last international break. The Armenia international was substituted midway through a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea back in early November, and he has since been restricted to a solitary league appearance off the bench.

Mkhitaryan has been left out of the match day squads versus Watford, Arsenal and most-recently Manchester City, and according to The Star, the 28-year-old wants to resolve his Old Trafford future with Mourinho ahead of the January transfer window.

The versatile ace had notched goals in back-to-back friendlies for Armenia prior to his return in mid-November, but Mourinho stressed that Mkhitaryan had been ‘disappearing‘ from games for United, which influenced the decision to drop him from recent matches.

The likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata have been preferred in the number 10 position of late, and the former, in particular, has taken his opportunity with both hands with three goals in his last three Premier League appearances.

Mata also contributed a valuable assist during the 2-1 Champions League triumph over CSKA Moscow last week, and Mkhitaryan may have to fight for his spot from the bench, just as he did during the previous campaign.

Regardless of this, there is the talk of Mkhitaryan making a potential return back to Borussia Dortmund in the New Year, although the German club may have to match the £30m fee, United paid for the Armenian back in July 2016.

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