Hargreaves: Mkhitaryan needs to play

Former Manchester Utd midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes that it is inexplicable that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has started just one game for the Old Trafford club.

Mkhitaryan joined the Red Devils in a £26.3million deal from Borussia Dortmund in the off-season, but has been given few chances to impress in the Premier League.

"He needs to play. I can't believe that he's not getting a look-in. He would be a banker in my starting XI," Hargreaves told Squawka.

"He had a slow start at Dortmund too and he was the Players' Player of the Year last season. He got 23 goals and 32 assists, which are staggering numbers.

"This wasn't in a terrible league against pub teams and I can't think of anybody who could put up those numbers, besides [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo. He's a top player and we haven't seen it yet at United.

"The thing is, he's such a wonderful player but I think he's also quite a sensitive guy. It would have been perfect if he started off flying with goals and assists, but the slow start has probably hit his confidence."

The Armenian had suffered an injury while on international duty in September, but was back to full fitness ahead of United's weekend loss to Chelsea.