Manchester United beat Zorya Luhansk 2-0 in Ukraine last night with Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring his first United goal as the Red-Devils overcame a difficult pitch on a chilly night to win comfortably as the dependable Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a late second goal. The hard work and patience is clearly starting to bring rewards for Mkhitaryan whose struggles to gain a first team place in his United career so far have been well documented. That all looks destined to change now however as the Armenian playmaker is gaining Jose Mourinho’s trust and consequently is really showing what he is all about on the field.
Featuring in the last 5 matches for United plus playing for his country over the international break has given Mkhitaryan a good run of games allowing him to get fully match fit and to get into a good rhythm. We are now seeing the results of that as he looks confident on the ball and is playing better and better each game. Mkhitaryan was bought to create and score goals and he now looks as though he can be that x-factor creative player that every top side needs.
Mourinho is clearly appreciative of the hard work the player has done and is naturally very happy for the Armenian and had this to say about Mkhitaryan when he spoke after the match in Odessa as Sky Sports reported:
“He has a strong mentality, he was very determined to fight against his difficult adaptation, and he’s doing that in the best way.
“He worked really hard physically, tactically and the talent we know is there. The talent we knew what we were buying.
“He fought to improve tactically, he fought to improve physically, and now he is playing good in the Premier League, good in the Europa League and the EFL Cup, and now evolving a bit more happiness for him, so I’m very pleased.”
So Mkhitaryan looks likely to go on to get a good run in the United first team now as his fine solo goal not only ended his scoring drought but proved to be the winner in a match which was essential for United to win. Coming off the victory the Red-Devils will now be looking forward to their next Premier League game against Spurs on Sunday at Old Trafford where they will need a strong team performance to get the better of Pochettino’s side. Hopefully, Mourinho and Mkhitaryan will be able to build off tonight’s result where they came out worthy winners and booked their place in the Europa League’s round of 32.