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'A trophy is a trophy'

Mkhitaryan says Man United are taking all competitions seriously despite fixture pile-up as Red Devils face relegation-threatened Hull today

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has emerged as a key player for Man United  since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2016. Pic/Getty Images
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has emerged as a key player for Man United  since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2016. Pic/Getty Images

Manchester: Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Manchester United are taking all four competitions they are involved in seriously as they struggle to cope with a demanding fixture schedule. Jose Mourinho's club is the only one in England still retaining an interest in a quartet of competitions - the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and the League Cup, in which they can look forward to final against Southampton next month.

Their success means United could face as many as 67 games, should they advance to the finals of the other two cup competitions, and has led Mourinho to criticise the English fixture schedule as "nonsense". But after a weekend in which a number of Premier League teams were eliminated from the FA Cup after choosing weakened line-ups, Mkhitaryan claimed United want to succeed in every tournament.

"We are taking all the competitions seriously," he said. "For Manchester United, every cup is very important. A trophy is a trophy. It doesn't matter if it is the League Cup, the FA Cup or the Europa League. We want to do our best to try to win them all."

United face drop candidates Hull in the Premier League at Old Trafford today, with Mourinho again likely to make sweeping changes to his team selection. The weekend FA Cup win over Wigan saw the United manager make nine changes from his previous game, a League Cup semi-final, also against Hull, and hand debuts to Axel Tuanzebe and goalkeeper Joel Pereira.

Mkhitaryan claimed the competition for places, and the emergence of young players was healthy. "It's great for them to play their first game. When young players come into the squad, you have to help them and offer them some advice and I thought they both did well on what is a great experience for them," said the Armenian.

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