Mario could be su­per for Man Utd in pro­posed Mkhi­taryan Trade

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MANCH­ESTER - The Red Devils are re­ported to be in­ter­ested in In­ter’s Euro 2016 - win­ning mid­fielder, and a pro­posed swap deal may prove ben­e­fi­cial to all con­cerned

Re­gard­less of whether Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan burned his own bridges at Manch­ester United or some­body car­ried out that ar­son at­tack for him, the Ar­me­nian finds him­self on the wrong side of an Old Traf­ford di­vide that has him fast run­ning out of ideas.

He did, of course, find him­self in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion last sea­son, with a cross­ing point even­tu­ally found which al­lowed him to re­join the main group and con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to the hunt for ma­jor sil­ver­ware.

The 29-year-old has, how­ever, dou­bled back on him­self and is now star­ing into the abyss once again as he pon­ders how he got to this point.

All ap­peared rosy in the Mkhi­taryan gar­den at the end of the 2016 -17 cam­paign, with a monopoly held over United’s Goal of the Month award as he added a Europa League win­ners’ medal to EFL Cup and Com­mu­nity Shield prizes.

A new sea­son brought sim­i­lar suc­cess, with a flurry of as­sists sug­gest­ing that the for­mer Borus­sia Dort­mund man was on course to be­come a sta­ple part of Jose Mour­inho’s plans head­ing for­ward – with Red Devils col­league Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic telling ESPN : “I think this sea­son will be the sea­son of Mkhi­taryan. Last sea­son he strug­gled a lit­tle bit in the be­gin­ning, then he came up when he started to play and this sea­son he has opened the sea­son fan­tas­tic.”

By Novem­ber, that pic­ture had al­tered con­sid­er­ably. Mkhi­taryan found him­self slip­ping down the peck­ing or­der, with his value to the cause be­ing ques­tioned by the man with the power to make or break him , with Mour­inho telling re­porters: “I was not happy with his last per­for­mances. I'm not speak­ing about one or two, I'm speak­ing about three, four or five. He started the sea­son very well and af­ter that, step by step he was dis­ap­pear­ing.”

That dis­ap­pear­ing act could soon see a tal­ented play­maker re­moved from the United fold en­tirely.

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