Mkhi­taryan in­cluded in Manch­ester United squad for Fener­bahce trip

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan joined his Manch­ester United co­horts as they flew out to Is­tan­bul for their Europa League clash with Fener­bahce to­day.

The Ar­me­nian play­maker will be hop­ing to join his team-mates on the pitch as well as in the air­port. Mkhi­taryan has only started once for United since mov­ing to Old Traf­ford from Borus­sia Dort­mund in the sum­mer.

His ar­rival in Manch­ester was met with much ex­cite­ment but the 27-year-old's start to life with the Red Devils has not gone the way he would have hoped.

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder has been ab­sent since strug­gling dur­ing the Septem­ber derby de­feat at the hands of Pep Guardi­ola's Manch­ester City - his only start for the club.

Mkhi­taryan has played just four times since mak­ing the £26mil­lion switch from Dort­mund but is fly­ing out with United's squad to face the Turk­ish giants as they look to get back to win­ning ways.

The usual sus­pects were all present and cor­rect at the air­port. Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic looked re­laxed de­spite his re­cent goal drought and will be look­ing to end his bad run of form against Fener­bahce.

Wayne Rooney was pic­tured shar­ing a joke with the charis­matic Swede but his cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is no laugh­ing mat­ter.

Ban­ished to the bench by club and coun­try with ques­tions about his fu­ture swirling around him, Rooney could see the tough prospect of the clash in Is­tan­bul as a way to an­swer his crit­ics.

United's re­cent form has been patchy to say the least but it doesn't seem to have had a detri­men­tal ef­fect on morale in the camp.

Ban­ished to the bench by club and coun­try with ques­tions about his fu­ture swirling around him, Rooney could see the tough prospect of the clash in Is­tan­bul as a way to an­swer his crit­ics.

United's re­cent form has been patchy to say the least but it doesn't seem to have had a detri­men­tal ef­fect on morale in the camp.

But Mour­inho was con­stantly grin­ning as he swanned through the air­port while quin­tet An­der Her­rera, Juan Mata, David de Gea, Mar­cos Rojo and Ser­gio Romero were all smiles as they posed for a photo with a fan.

Paul Pogba un­sur­pris­ingly drew at­ten­tion from on­look­ers at the air­port and also en­joyed a brief en­counter with United leg­end Paddy Crerand.

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