- Man Utd ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan starts against Southampton
- Mixed reaction as supporters debate starting line-up put out by Mourinho
- Martial, Rashford absence key area for criticism
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Man Utd take on Southampton on Saturday evening, and while their Premier League title hopes have faded away, they still want to keep hold of second place.
The Red Devils sit 15 points adrift of rivals Man City ahead of kick-off, while Chelsea leapfrogged them in the standings following their comfortable win over Stoke City.
In turn, Jose Mourinho will want a reaction from his players to that result to go back up to second, while also ending a three-game winless streak in all competitions of their own.
It’s been a disappointing fortnight for United, and it seems as though Mourinho has got a reaction out of fans with his line-up against the Saints.
Both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford start on the bench which in itself was enough to rile supporters up, but there was also a big call in starting Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian international didn’t even make the match-day squad for six of seven games over the last month or so, but it appears as though he’s getting another chance from Mourinho ahead of the January transfer window.
Now it’s down to him to respond with an influential performance in order to prove his worth and to silence the doubters who wanted his teammates to start instead. There were some more supportive messages to go along with it too, but the pressure is on for a good display…
— ? (@D3vk_13) December 30, 2017
MKHITARYAN IS ALIIIIIIIVE
— Nathan? (@NathanGalvan_) December 30, 2017
Mkhi Masterclass please. Save your #MUFC career.
— lestrxb (@lestrxb) December 30, 2017
Wow, Mkhitaryan is starting…. Maybe a goal from him???? I don’t know but he is starting after a really long time. Hope he plays well today.
— Ilhaam Kader (@IlhaamKader) December 30, 2017
Mkhi plzzz play well ????
— Yukta Shree (@Shree4Yukta) December 30, 2017
@HenrikhMkh come on mate
— Mufc ?? (@TheOnlyAhmed) December 30, 2017
— Nelly Scott ? ?? (@nellychrist18) December 30, 2017
START MARTIAL WTF
— Neil (@neil22patel) December 30, 2017
Glad to see mkhi getting a start finally
— Adam conlon (@adamconlon2013) December 30, 2017
Mkhitaryannnnnnn masterclass coming
— ? (@_tobe___) December 30, 2017
— Nataly Antar (@nataly_antar7) December 30, 2017