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Manchester United outcast not for sale in January as he desperately tries to impress Jose Mourinho

Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is reportedly not for sale in January despite his difficult start to life at Old Trafford.

The Armenian international hasn’t featured for the Red Devils since being replaced at half-time in the Manchester derby on September 10 after aggravating an injury he picked up on international duty.

His continued absence from matchday squads despite recovering from the injury has led to speculation over his future though, but according to Squawka the former Borussia Dortmund star is going nowhere.

The 27-year-old continues to try and impress Jose Mourinho in order to get back into the team, as it’s added in the report that he is training voluntarily at times in order to improve his fitness and show Mourinho the level of work ethic and desire that he has to make his move to England a success.

In turn, it’s claimed that United have no intention of letting their summer signing leave the club, and ultimately Mourinho was speaking truthfully last week when he noted that Mkhitaryan needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

The creative ace will hope to get some playing time in his side’s Europa League clash with Fenerbahce on Thursday though, with a view of forcing his way into Mourinho’s plans for the trip to Swansea City on Sunday.

With 23 goals and 32 assists in all competitions for Dortmund last season, Mkhitaryan’s quality in the final third is undeniable and given United’s struggles in front of goal in recent weeks, it could be argued that it’s the ideal time to bring him back into the fold.

Mourinho’s side have scored just 13 goals in 10 Premier League games so far this season, the worst tally out of the top eight teams in the standings. In turn, a change to bring in Mkhitaryan could see them improve in that department, provided he’s played in his most influential position.

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