Mkhitaryan has shown why United bought him; he could start again

| 25th Nov 2016

Mkhitaryan has shown why United bought him; he could start again

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be in line for another start this weekend after impressing against Feyenoord.

The Armenian earned the club’s Man of the Match award after catching the eye on his second start for the Reds in Thursday’s 4-0 Europa League win over the Dutch side at Old Trafford.

The summer signing from Borussia Dortmund said after the game he hopes his positive performance can herald a new beginning for him. And, speaking in his post-match press conference, Mourinho praised the 27-year-old’s display, suggesting he may be in contention for a starting berth in Sunday’s Premier League match against West Ham United.

The boss told reporters: “He just needs now to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League. The Premier League is different – he needs one more step. Obviously now confidence levels are higher.

“This performance gives him the right to believe that he can play the next match again and he needs to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League with more physicality and more aggression.

“He needs a little bit more of that but the quality – we know why we bought him, we know we were buying a player with a high level of technical quality,” he added. “[He is] very intelligent and very bright, the way he reads the game, so good for him because the performance was good.”