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It was shortly before Christmas 2016 that Henrikh Mkhitaryan finally began to make an impression on Jose Mourinho, ending nearly three months in isolation to truly announce himself as a Manchester United player.

The 23-year-old Ivorian picked up the injury while on global duty in October and hasn't played for United since their loss to Chelsea on Nov 5.

He took his chance alright, becoming one of United's key players on the way to Europa League glory in the second half of the season and he even started the current campaign as first-choice number 10, repaying Mourinho for his renewed faith with two goals and six assists in a barnstorming beginning to the season.

The derby defeat against leaders Manchester City on Sunday, and their neighbours' rampant form, appears to have had a major impact on United this week as they stare at an 11-point gap to Pep Guardiola's side.

Mourinho revealed after the 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night that the injury was more serious than first thought and they were deciding whether he would have to go under the knife.

But his form has progressively dipped this season and he has not started for Mourinho since United's defeat at Chelsea at the start of November, finding it increasingly hard to land a place even on the bench.

"You go to clubs with a huge history, where people look to the history and not to the moment and the expectations are high but the job is hard".

"I don't speak about players, especially players that belong to other clubs - there is no sense", he said.

"We go to clubs with a huge history where people look to the history and not to the moment and expectations are high".

"I'm not a big defender of the January market but there are players and situations that sometimes you have the chance to do and you shouldn't lose that chance", he said.

"I think for the right price", said Mourinho, when asked if he would listen to offers in such circumstances.

"I don't like the January market just to buy, but if you can buy in January a player that you would buy in June or July and you have the chance to get him a few months before, then great".

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