Jamie Carragher uses Henrikh Mkhitaryan to make point about Man United

Jamie Carragher admits he has been surprised that the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan have not been in top form for Manchester United in recent weeks

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher Photo: Screengrab

Jamie Carragher has admitted that it is strange that the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial have been struggling for form for Manchester United in recent weeks, given their big price-tags.

In the lead up to Manchester United’s clash with Everton on Tuesday night, the Red Devils had been criticised for their failure to be clinical in front of goal after their goalless draw with West Brom at the weekend.

Manchester United had to cope without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic before Tuesday’s game, placing the spotlight on the Red Devils’ forward players.

Mkhitaryan has been in decent form for Manchester United since the turn of the year after initially struggling to find his feet at Old Trafford and had scored three goals and made one assist in the Premier League ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Martial, meanwhile, had netted three goals and made four assists before Tuesday’s clash with the Toffees.

And Liverpool legend Carragher admits that he finds it strange that some of Manchester United’s most expensive players have not been performing.

Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ, Carragher said: “The problem for United is [that they are] not scoring goals but you think of the players that they have in that position… they’re very expensive players.

“There’s talk of Antoine Griezmann coming in but Anthony Martial was a lot of money, Henrikh Mkhitaryan [too]… they are top level players.

“It is strange that they’re having those problems when Zlatan is not playing. It’s a bit embarrassing for the players who are playing, that they need a 35-year-old centre forward.

“The younger players can’t seem to cope when he’s not there and that doesn’t bode well for them.”

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