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24 November 2016 8:05pm kick off. Mkhitaryan to start! ------------------- MOURINHO: MKHITARYAN WILL FACE FEYENOORD Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play on Thursday night when Feyenoord visit Old Trafford in the Europa League. The Armenia international joined from Borussia Dortmund in July and has only made six competitive appearances in all competitions since then, partly due to a couple of unfortunate injuries but also because the manager feels his recruit requires more time to adapt to the rigours of English football. Mkhitaryan watched from the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand on Saturday as the Reds drew 1-1 with Arsenal in the Premier League. However, the boss has since revealed a plan for the 27-year-old forward. Asked by reporters if Mkhitaryan is closer to playing, Mourinho said: “Yes. I told him today [Saturday] that he is going to be involved in the game against Feyenoord. He is trying. Obviously he is not happy but he is transforming his frustration in a good way, which is to close the mouth, work hard and try to adapt. “I told him ‘this was not the game for you’ because I don't think he needs 10 or 20 minutes from the bench. I said ‘I think you need a good game and you need to either start or, if not, to come for the second half’. He needs less pressure and better conditions for him to express his qualities.” Mkhitaryan’s appearance adds further intrigue to Thursday’s big game against Feyenoord, the Eredivisie leaders who beat United in the reverse fixture earlier in the Europa League campaign. The Reds are currently third in Group A with six points from 12 and require a victory under the Old Trafford floodlights in order to leapfrog the second-placed Dutch club into the two...
Sun 6 Nov 3pm Kick off How’s Swansea’s form? Not great at the minute. They haven’t won in the league since 13 August and currently sit second bottom. However, under a still relatively new manager in Bob Bradley, they’ve shown some signs of improvement, though they were beaten 3-1 by Stoke City last time out. The Swans will be itching to get some points on the board soon to start climbing the table. What’s our head-to-head record like? In recent years, United have found Swansea to be tricky opponents, especially at the Liberty Stadium, where we’ve won only two of our five clashes. However, our last meeting in January ended in a 2-1 home win for United, with Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney on the scoresheet, so we’ll be looking for a similar result this Sunday. Is there any team news? Paul Pogba limped off early against Fenerbahce and is doubtful, alongside Chris Smalling, who missed the trip to Turkey. Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are definitely out with long-term injuries, while Ander Herrera is suspended after his sending-off against Burnley. The game may come too soon for Phil Jones, who lacks match fitness despite returning to training this week. Bastian Schweinsteiger has also returned to first-team training but has been ruled out by manager Jose Mourinho, who said after Thursday’s game: "It’s too early for him. He’s been training with the team for three or four days but he’s not ready to play football at that level yet." Our injury/unavailable list is pretty ridiculous at the minute. Not available: Pogba Herrera Smalling Bailly Valencia Schweinsteiger That's 5 first teamers missing for tomorrow! Anyway, here's how we should line up. DdG Shaw Rojo Blind...
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