Owen Hargreaves makes blunt claim about new Man United signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Owen Hargreaves cannot believe that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not getting regular playing time at Manchester United

Owen Hargreaves has admitted that he is baffled as to why Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not getting regular playing time at Manchester United this season.

The Armenia international has found his first-team opportunities at Old Trafford severely restricted this season and has only made one start in the Premier League for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Mkhitaryan joined the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund to much fanfare over the summer but he is having trouble breaking into the first team at Old Trafford.

The playmaker has been struggling for form and fitness, but former Manchester United midfielder cannot understand why the midfielder is not getting more of a regular run in the team.

Hargreaves is quoted as saying by Metro: “He needs to play, I can’t believe that he’s not getting a look-in. He would be a banker in my starting XI.

“He had a slow start at Dortmund too and he was the players’ player of the year last season. He got 23 goals and 32 assists, which is staggering numbers.

“This wasn’t in a terrible league against pub teams and I can’t think of anybody who could put up those numbers besides Messi and Ronaldo. He’s a top player and we haven’t seen it yet at United.

“The thing is, he’s such a wonderful player but I think he’s also quite a sensitive guy. It would have been perfect if he started off flying with goals and assists, but the slow start has probably hit his confidence.”

Manchester United take on bitter local rivals Manchester City in the fourth round of the League Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

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The Red Devils are aiming to bounce back from the disappointment of their 4-0 defeat by Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

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