Henrikh Mkhitaryan produced a truly mesmerising performance during Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Leicester City in the Premier League.
The Armenian relentlessly wreaked havoc against the champions after being placed in the No.10 role after 20 minutes, ensuring that the champions never managed to ease into the game.
He capped off a defence-splitting run with a sumptuous finish after 42 minutes to put Jose Mourinho’s men ahead, paving the way for the visitors to run riot all afternoon.
A quick glance at his stats tells you all you need to know about the effervescent nature of his performance.
Mkhitaryan's game by numbers vs. Leicester City:
3 chances created
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There’s something almost perturbing about Mkhitaryan’s demeanour: diminutive, slightly shy-looking, with a heavy kind of walk. And then, out of nowhere, a moment of breathtaking brilliance – all he needed was an error from Robert Huth on the half-way line and he was away, charging further and further away from a series of frantic blue shirts before launching the ball past Peter Schmeichel, leaving the King Power Stadium in a state of quiet shock.
Jose Mourinho’s decision to switch from a 4-4-2 system to a 4-2-3-1 after 20 minutes changed the complexion of the game, and at the heart of United’s newly found prowess was the 28-year-old, who refused to give Leicester’s depleted back four a moment’s rest.