Manchester United fans were left in a state of awe following Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s sensational display during their side’s 4-0 win over Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Armenian, handed his first chance to start since September 10, put in a truly mesmerising performance against Giovanni Bronckhorst’s side, barely putting a foot wrong going forward as Man United cruised to an important victory.
United fans could hardly contain their excitement at the sight of Mkhitaryan in full flow under Jose Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan rightly given a standing ovation. He got his chance and he took it.
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) November 24, 2016
Could watch Mkhitaryan with the ball at his feet all day. When he's in full flow he's such a delight to watch. Has done more than enough.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) November 24, 2016
Hello Henrikh Mkhitaryan, we've been expecting you… Finally getting his chance and taking it. #MUFC
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) November 24, 2016
Mkhitaryan is class. Pure, unadulterated class…
So, Lingard will start on Sunday #MUFC
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) November 24, 2016
He's played nine minutes and Mkhitaryan already looks the business. Criminal how he's been overlooked.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) November 24, 2016
Mkhitaryan man… Added another spark tonight, hope we see more of him soon
— ㅤ (@awesomekrill) November 24, 2016
Mourinho, prior to the contest with Feyenoord, made it clear that the right type of game had to come along before the 27-year-old would receive a chance to start.
Watching Mkhitaryan glide across the pitch, effortlessly picking out teammates, finding pockets of space that nobody else see, one couldn’t help but wonder what difference he would have made against the likes of Stoke City, Burnley and Arsenal.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Mkhitaryan’s game is not necessarily his sheer creative brilliance, but rather his ability to lead a sustained attacking onslaught, relentless in its pace and unpredictability. United were unstoppable against Feyenoord, launching wave after wave of dangerous attacks, and Mkhitaryan was at the epicentre.