Mkhitaryan and Jones make Fenerbahce trip

LONDON • Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been named in Manchester United's 21-man squad for today's Europa League group game at Fenerbahce along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney, plus Phil Jones, who has just recovered from injury.

Mkhitaryan has struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho and has not featured since being taken off at half-time of the 2-1 derby loss to Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sept 10.

While that was the last of the midfielder's five appearances, Jones has not featured since Jan 2 - due to ankle and knee injuries - when he was also replaced at the interval of a win over Swansea City.

  • 107 

  • Number of competitive minutes Henrikh Mkhitaryan has played for Manchester United this season, following his summer move from Borussia Dortmund.

Mourinho has resisted the option of resting the out-of-form Ibrahimovic, while Rooney is set to start due to the captain being out of the manager's first XI for the Premier League.

Much has been made of United's 37 shots without a goal against Burnley last weekend. But defender Marcos Rojo felt the Burnley game could be seen as a positive.

"Obviously, against City, we got the victory (1-0 in the League Cup), the last match, versus Burnley, we had 37 chances. A goal would have been the icing on the cake," he told Sky TV this week. "We are getting to the level where we can play as a team. We are playing with a great intensity, throughout the whole of the match."

Rojo is set to start and, with fellow defenders Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia injured, German veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has made a shock return to first-team training.

United are second to Feyenoord in Group A, with each club on six points.

Fenerbahce, who United beat 4-1 a fortnight ago in the reverse game, are third on four points, with Zorya Luhansk bottom, with one.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2016, with the headline 'Mkhitaryan and Jones make Fenerbahce trip'. Print Edition | Subscribe