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Mkhitaryan is the long-term replacement for Wayne Rooney’ – Wright

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The former England international sees a man back in favour under Jose Mourinho becoming a key cog in the Manchester United machine

Manchester United have ‘got themselves’ going, according to Ian Wright, with Paul Pogba impressing and Henrikh Mkhitaryan looking like ‘the long-term replacement for Wayne Rooney’.

The Armenian’s form since breaking back into the Red Devils side suggests that he is very much an option for the present and future, with Rooney in danger of becoming the odd man out.

The England international has spent plenty of time on the bench this season, and is currently sidelined with a muscle complaint.

He will find it difficult to force his way into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI, with United starting to move ominously through the gears.
Four straight wins in Premier League competition have edged them back into contention for a top-four finish, with there still the promise of much more to come.
Former Arsenal striker Wright sees Mourinho’s men kicking on from this point, with summer signings having found their feet and answers found to previously problematic questions at the back.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “United didn’t start off brilliantly and they’ve been trying to get themselves going.
“Mourinho was working out his best team and who was going to play where. He’s got something with [Marcos] Rojo and [Phil] Jones at the back. Pogba is playing brilliantly. I think Mkhitaryan is the long-term replacement for Wayne Rooney.

“You know that with the quality of players they have, now they’ve got it going, you have to say Man United will be in and around it [at the end of the season].”

‘Price tag means nothing to Pogba’

The Red Devils are still sat sixth in the Premier League standings at present, but are now just four points adrift of Arsenal in fourth.

Their next outing sees them welcome Middlesbrough to Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve, with Mourinho set to lock coaching horns with his former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka.

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