Owen Hargreaves: What I really think of Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Man United

Owen Hargreaves delivers his verdict on Henrikh Mkhitaryan's form for Man United this season

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Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan Photo: The Sport Review

Owen Hargreaves has admitted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks like he is lacking confidence at Manchester United this season after his return to the first team on Saturday.

The 28-year-old playmaker was restored to the starting line-up for the Red Devils’ Premier League clash against Southampton on Saturday but he was unable to help Jose Mourinho’s men claim the three points despite playing 65 minutes at Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan has been in and out of the first team at Manchester United this season and he fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

However, Mourinho opted to call on the Armenia international against Southampton as the Red Devils laboured to another disappointing draw in front of their home fans.

The playmaker produced a decent performance but was unable to help Manchester United find a winning goal against the Saints.

And former Red Devils midfielder Hargreaves believes that it is clear that Mkhitaryan has been lacking confidence from his display.

Speaking during BT Sport’s coverage of the game, Hargreaves said: “You saw in the first 20 minutes [against Southampton that] he’s a confidence player.

“He’s not been playing and it’s not been a good start to the season for him.

“He’s played multiple positions – out wide, on the right and the left. He’s best as a number 10 but he needs to show the manager that he deserves to play.

“At times his body language is the one thing that maybe frustrates the manager.”

Mkhitaryan will be hoping to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils return to Premier League action on Monday with a trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton.

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