Manchester United lose Henrikh Mkhitaryan to injury

Manchester United Jose Mourinho has played down the extent of star winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s injury after he was stretchered off in United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

The Armenian scored the only goal of the game as the Red Devils registered a much needed win, but a tackle from Danny Rose in the 81st minute prevented him from finishing the game.

The former Borussia Dortmund star left the field to a standing ovation, and in a post-match conference, Mourinho confirmed the injury wasn’t as bad as feared.

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“It looks like the next match [at Crystal Palace] is a ‘no’, but it looks like it is nothing that is really dangerous or that needs surgery,” the manager told MUTV’s Stewart Gardner. “So hopefully we will probably have Micki on Boxing Day [against Sunderland at Old Trafford].”

Mkhitaryan was replaced by central defender Eric Bailly, who was making his return from injury.

Michael Carrick, who captained United on the night said: “Henrikh Mkhitaryan is so talented, clever, such a nice lad and I just hope his injury is not too bad.”

Regardless, 2 matches without their in-form winger will worry United fans, who have endured their worst start to a Barclays Premier League campaign ever.