Could Henrikh Mkhitaryan's performance in victory over Feyenoord revitalise his Manchester United career?
Finally given an opportunity to shine after almost two months on the sidelines, Henrikh Mkhitaryan shone and was awarded with the man of the match award for a fine display against Feyenoord as Manchester United kept hopes of progress in the Europa League alive with a 4-0 victory.
The Armenia international had the most touches and highest pass completion ratio of the Red Devil’s front four at 74 touches and 85.5% pass accuracy and was influential throughout with his energy and creativity on the left wing reminiscent of his spell in the Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund.
Winning two aerial duels, only beaten by Paul Pogba, Mkhitaryan showed his desire to work hard in every aspect of his game to do the best he could to convince his manager Jose Mourinho that he deserves a shot at first team football, also winning two tackles despite not being well known for his defensive abilities.
Going forwards, the 27-year-old was desperate to find the back of the net with six shots, more than any other player, though if there was a negative to his display it would be that only one of those was on target as he failed to really test former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones in goal for the Dutchmen.
After picking up the man of the match award, Jose Mourinho discussed his display, saying:
“The reception [from the fans] he deserved because he played very well. Always improving, improving, improving, improving until the moment he was really tired and I felt it was the right moment to take him off and to let him come off with a very good performance. It was important for his confidence and he will try to keep adapting and trying to replicate this kind of quality performance in the Premier League which is a competition with different difficulties.”
Now it remains to be seen if the Armenian has done enough to earn a second Premier League start when West Ham come to Old Trafford on Sunday with the Red Devils looking to make it four games unbeaten in all competitions, with the kind of display that he produced on Thursday evening a key factor to help them on their way to doing that.
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