Mourinho hints at Mkhitaryan return in Carabao Cup

Jaden is spun round by a jubilant Johnson after the winner

Jaden is spun round by a jubilant Johnson after the winner

"There's a lot of criticism of Jose's treatment of Henrikh Mkhitaryan but he ultimately didn't deliver when he's played". The playmaker operated as a No.10 and was starting to look the player that was voted the Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2015-16.

City take on struggling Bournemouth at the Etihad in the league this weekend. While any kind of direct swap is unlikely, a move could facilitate negotiations.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not been featured for Manchester United since the home win over Brighton on November 25 with reports of a clash between Mourinho and the Armenian over his performance in the tight 1-0 win over Chris Hughton's men. However, that spark has long diminished with Mourinho hinting that he may allow the Armenian to leave the club in January should the right offer be made.

Jaden ten with mother Laura
Jaden ten with mother Laura

Take a look through the gallery above to see which players were present as Manchester United boarded a flight south this morning. The attacker also has the ability to score some scintillating goals, as highlighted last season with his contender for goal of the season back-heel strike against Sunderland, his brilliant individual efforts away at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City and FC Rostov in the Europa League. The Manchester United star is ranked 92nd (down from 57th in 2016).

Despite rumours of an imminent exit, Mkhitaryan has been handed a lifeline, with Mourinho admitting the 28-year-old could feature during United's first visit to Ashton Gate in 38 years on Wednesday.

Mkhitaryan's departure from Dortmund a year ago did not happen under the most amicable of circumstances, but the club have not ruled out the possibility of reuniting with him.

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