Cape Town - Former
Manchester United utility man Phil Neville says Henrikh Mkhitaryan can
no longer be ignored for selection in the Red Devils first team.
Mkhitaryan has made his frustrations public after a difficult start
to life at Old Trafford, with his only appearance in the league so far
this season coming in the Manchester derby.
Under the difficult circumstances and a a niggling injury during his
settling in period, Jose Mourinho admitted the former Borussia Dortmund
midfielder was not performing well enough to warrant a place in his
However, the Armenia international has produced two man of the match
performances in his last two starts - the 4-0 rout of Feyenoord in the
Europa League and Wednesday evening's 4-1 win over West Ham.
The performance against the Hammers in the EFL Cup, has convinced
Neville, that Mkhitaryan is the man to turn around the club's fortunes
in the Premier League.
"He has to start," he told Metro. "The words that Jose Mourinho used
after the match were his way of saying he actually trusts him a little
bit more now.
"He was fantastic, and what impresses me most is that he doesn't take more than one or two touches.
"He's infectious around [Wayne] Rooney, [Anthony] Martial, [Zlatan]
Ibrahimovic, and he brings people into the game. I just think he has to
be starting in Premier League games.
"The front four were sensational. Henrikh Mkhitaryan got man of the
match but it could have been any of the front four. It was a brilliant
Jose Mourinho hinted after the game that Mkhitaryan was in-line to start in their next English Premiership encounter when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday.
Kick off is at 18:00.