Henrikh Mkhitaryan did not feature for Man Utd against Arsenal after Jose Mourinho told him the game was too pressurised.
“I told him Arsenal was not the game for you,” said Mourinho, quoted in several of Tuesday’s newspapers.
“I don’t think he needs 10 or 20 minutes from the bench. He needs less pressure and better conditions for him to his qualities.
“I think he needs a good game and he needs to either start or, if not, to come on for the second half.”
Mkhitaryan’s opportunity could come in the Europa League on Thursday, when United host Feyenoord.
“I told him that he is going to be involved in the game,” Mourinho said.
“He is trying. He is not happy but he is transforming his frustration in a good way, which is to close the mouth and work hard and try to adapt.”