Henrikh Mkhitaryan's Old Trafford future thrown into doubt by Jose Mourinho
The Armenia international arrived at Manchester United to much fanfare in the summer but has become a peripheral figure under the Portuguese coach.
Mkhitaryan was introduced for Marcus Rashford just after Fenerbahce had increased their lead to 2-0.
Mourinho brings Mkhitaryan on, at two nil down, away in Turkey, after not having played in weeks. Go on pal, good luck with that one.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 3, 2016
Asked about the prospects of the former Borussia Dortmund star after the loss, Mourinho stated that the attacker "has to do more".
Mourinho on Henrikh Mkhitaryan: "He has to do more. It's as simple as that. We have big expectations in the club"— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) November 3, 2016
The former Chelsea boss went on to say that United "have a lot of players for that position"
While some believe that Mourinho thinks Mkhitaryan isn't Premier League material, others feel there is a personality clash at Old Trafford:
Mourinho definitely has a problem with Mkhitaryan. There's clearly a personal issue with him. https://t.co/GEnIHsSakh— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) November 3, 2016
United conceded in Istanbul this evening after just one minute as Moussa Sow's incredible overhead kick gave Dick Advocaat's side the lead.
Mourinho voiced his displeasure at how his side began the game:
Jose Mourinho bemoans #MUFC's slow start: "[It was like] they were playing a Champions League final and we were playing a summer friendly."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2016
Jose: "A team that concedes a goal after two minutes is a team that is not ready, not prepared, not concentrated .. it’s our fault.— jamie jackson (@JamieJackson___) November 3, 2016
Mourinho in press conference: "I told them not to be focused on the easy game at Old Trafford. They started 100mph, we started really slow"— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) November 3, 2016
After losing Paul Pogba to injury in the opening period, United again conceded with just less than an hour played as former Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens caught out the usually unflappable David de Gea with an excellent free-kick.
Wayne Rooney netted a 30-yard scorcher with a minute of normal time remaining but it was too little, too late for United.
Mourinho now believes his team must win their two remaining Group A ties to qualify for the knockout stages:
The Manchester outfit currently sit third in the group on six points, with both Feyenoord and Fenerbahce on seven points while Zorya Luhansk prop up the group with just four points from their four fixtures.