Mkhitaryan thought United needed him more

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan reportedly had the opportunity to sign for Arsenal in the off-season, but turned them down as he felt he would get more opportunities at Old Trafford.

According to a report published in the Daily Mail, the Armenia international's former club, Borussia Dortmund, had agreed a transfer fee with the Gunners, only for United to outbid them.

And, when the time came to make a decision on his next destination, Mkhitaryan opted to join the Red Devils as he felt he would get more first-team opportunities under Jose Mourinho.

The report states: "A move to Arsenal was agreed in the summer but United gazumped their rivals by up to £7m to sign him.

'Ironically, the 27-year-old player thought United's need for him was greater and he would play more at Old Trafford. He could be forgiven for regretting that decision now.'

The report continues: 'The feeling at United is that Mkhitaryan is one of those players who needs to be 100 per cent right, both physically and mentally, to perform.

'The club are aware that he also had a relatively slow start at Dortmund in 2013.

'It's understood they want to make sure Mkhitaryan is completely ready rather than risk another bad performance that could seriously damage his confidence.'

Mkhitaryan, who has made just one start and three substitute appearances for United this season, will be hoping to be involved when the Red Devils take on Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.