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Manchester United outcast vows to fight for place despite six-week absence

Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has insisted that he will continue to fight for his place in the starting line-up in the coming weeks.

The former Borussia Dortmund star hasn’t had the start to life at Old Trafford that he would have hoped for, with injury and competition for places leaving him on the fringes.

Haven’t failed to feature for United since September 10 in the Manchester derby, it’s been a frustrating time for the Armenian international with doubts already emerging over his future with ESPN FC reporting that he has been fully fit for a fortnight and still hasn’t been selected.

Despite his lack of playing time though, he has remained defiant and is adamant that he will force his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans in the months ahead.

“It doesn’t matter if they buy me for, I don’t know, £38 million or £40m, I am not guaranteed to play the games,” Mkhitaryan told The Guardian.

“So I am trying to do my best during the training to earn this place to play and then we will see, because I don’t think I will play every game, depending on the tactical situation, depending on the opponent. But I will do everything to try and help the team.”

Mkhitaryan has made just five appearances for the Red Devils so far this season, failing to register either a goal or an assist in that time which is in stark contrast to the influence he had at Dortmund last season.

Given his talent and creativity, he would seem like a perfect fit for United, provided that he is deployed in his most effective position and given a chance to regain full match fitness and time to impress.

However, that hasn’t been afforded to him as of yet, but clearly from the comments above he isn’t considering his options away from United regardless of what speculation suggests.

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