The story of Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Manchester United is what no one could have envisaged. The Armenia international has really struggled to justify his price tag, as he has struggled with the football intensity and culture shock of playing in England. The Armenia international was phenomenal against Feyenoord, as The Red Devils romped to a 4-0 victory against Van Bronckhorst’s men. The former Borussia Dortmund man has struggled for playing time, as he has been criticized by his manager, Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager said earlier that the player needed to adapt to the pressure and intensity of playing in the Premier League. After starring for Thomas Tuchel’s side in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 23 goals and 20 assists, much was expected of the player, as a new revolution and project was expected to take place at Old Trafford under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan displayed some of his creativity at Old Trafford on Thursday, offering a creative spark to the game that has been missing in recent weeks. He displayed excellent close control, intricate passing and surely gave his manager a huge selection dilemma ahead of Sunday’s league game against West Ham.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are placed ahead of the Armenia international in the pecking order. Though, his performance on Thursday is likely to see his gametime increased. Manchester United have been inconsistent all season, and the impressive return to form is likely to lift the team in the run-in to the festive period.
Mkhitaryan has to be given more gametime by Mourinho as he looks to turn the Red Devils into serious title contenders. Mkhitaryan is better than the likes of Martial and Memphis and will offer a new dimension going forward with his goal scoring prowess and creative ability. The former Shakhtar man is an attacking midfielder by trade as he can play every position across the front three.
In every musical competition, the first step is to participate in auditions. Mkhitaryan has passed his audition, and will direct the musical orchestra at Old Trafford. It will be a remarkable turn in fortune.