Jose Mourinho has declared that new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is fit ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Mkhitaryan has made three substitute appearances in the Premier League but he sat out Armenia’s World Cup qualifier against Denmark in midweek with a thigh injury and the player himself admitted, earlier this week, he wassn’t sure if would be fit to face Manchester City.
But MOurinho has allayed those fears, although has not guaranteed the former Dortmund man a start against Pep Guardiola’s men.
“He is available. I’m not saying he’s ready to play 90 minutes but he’s ready to try to help us,” Mourinho told MUTV.
“It’s not the same as if we were here all week and working, resting and not travelling, but there are no injuries and everybody has returned safely and on time for at least one training session. Everybody is ready and wants to play, of course.”
Speaking about Saturday’s biggest game of the season so far, Mourinho revealed he was well aware of the importance of the derby fixture.
“I am normal. For us, it is a game and for me especially. We are playing to try and win the title. When you do this there is no match more important than another one when it comes to this stage of the season.
“I know what a derby means for everyone; I’ve played derbies everywhere, in every country, in so many cities. I always want to be in the position of emotional control because for me it is just a game against a very good opponent.
“If you want to be successful and you want to win the game then we have to be at the top of our qualities,” said Mourinho.