Jose Mourinho says it is frustrating to be asked why Henrikh Mkhitaryan was unable to make the squad for Manchester United’s win over Newcastle.

Mkhitaryan has been ever present for United in the Premier League this season except for their game against Rafa Benitez’s men.

The Armenian started the season on fire but has since struggled to influence games in recent weeks.

After being left out of the game against Newcastle, it  was speculated that he could be out of the team for a prolonged period of time.

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Mourinho believes it is unfair for him to be scrutinized whenever he leaves out a key player out of the starting line-up.

“It’s a bit frustrating for me, the fact that there is always a question about some player who is not playing or in the best of his form,” Mourinho said ahead of their clash with Benfica

“No questions about Martial, no questions about Chris Smalling, it’s always about players in a certain moment, match, period who didn’t play or was not my option.

“The story is always the thing. In some positions where you don’t have injuries, you don’t have options, and always the same players are playing.

“In the midfield it was the same, a bit. No Carrick, Pogba, Fellaini and every match was Herrera and [Nemanja] Matic and the kid [Scott] McTominay had his opportunities to play.

“In this moment, we have Pogba, Fellaini, Matic, McTominay; next week, I can imagine you will ask why is this player not playing.

“I decided to play Rashford and Martial together. The question for many weeks was ‘why don’t they play together?’. Now, it’s ‘why isn’t Mkhitaryan playing?’. The answer is very simple: until the international board change the rules, I can only play 11.”

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