Mario could be super for Man Utd in proposed Mkhitaryan Trade
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.