Jose Mourinho has singled out another one of his star players by publicly admitting he is ‘not happy’ with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s performance against West Brom.
The Red Devils chief controversially criticised Luke Shaw last weekend having dropped the England full-back from the squad entirely.
The Portuguese insisted he did not want to ‘individualise’ players when asked about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to the side, before criticising Mkhitaryan for his display in the goalless draw at the weekend.
“I am not happy with Mkhitaryan’s performance in the last match,” Mourinho told BT Sport when asked why he was on the bench.
“Pogba was not ready to play last Saturday. But good to have him on the bench.”
Man United great Rio Ferdinand admitted that he feared Mourinho’s tactic of publicly outing his players could backfire.
“When a manager goes public it’s a dangerous thing,” Ferdinand conceded. “You’re not winning, so there’s a chance the changing room could react in a negative way.”
United’s eighth home draw of the season has left them five points off a place in the top four and once again struggling to qualify for the Champions League.