​Rio Ferdinand has said that Jose Mourinho should give Henrikh Mkhitaryan a chance. the Armenian having had a lack of opportunities since his summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester United have fallen to eighth in the Premier League standings after Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Burnley, and Ferdinand also wants to see more of Michael Carrick in the starting lineup.

Writing for ​the Evening Standard, Ferdinand said: "For me, Carrick has to play more. He can feed the attacking players quicker and more precisely than anyone else in that squad.

"I don't know what's happened to Mkhitaryan. Does anyone know where he is? By all accounts he is fit and training well but you don't see him in a Manchester United shirt. They paid Borussia Dortmund £26million to get him in the summer and for that money, I would actually like to see him play football!"

Ferdinand also called on Chris Smalling and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to halt United's poor run of form.

"If Smalling is to fulfil his potential, then he needs to become the dominant centre-back this season," he added. "With Eric Bailly out injured for a couple of months, he has to become the main man.

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"Ibrahimovic has scored just once in his last 10 appearances and the team need him to get out of this rut. But he is an experienced player and knows what he needs to do. It will happen eventually, they just need it to end sooner rather than later.

"Manchester United had 37 shots in the 0-0 draw against Burnley last weekend, which was the most they've had in a league game since the 2003-04 season. They simply must be more clinical.

"Do that on Thursday and this side should get past Fenerbahce in the Europa League easily."