Henrikh Mkhitaryan treated Manchester United fans to a commanding display at No.10 during their side’s second leg 2-1 win over Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final.
The Armenian, reintroduced to the starting XI after being rested over the weekend, claimed his fifth goal in Europe this season after 10 minutes, powering home into the bottom corner from Marcus Rashford‘s lay-off.
He then continued to pester Anderlecht’s defence as the visitors crept onto the back foot during the latter stage with a number of smart passes and flicks.
Mkhitaryan’s stats from the game demonstrate just how influential he was as Man United claimed an important result in Europe.
Mkhitaryan's game by numbers vs. Anderlecht:
5 chances created
6 dribbles completed
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There were times where Mkhitaryan, just like the rest of United’s attacking frontier, retreated into anonymity against Rene Weiler’s men, occasionally overrun by their raw energy in midfield as the home side faded in influence following his goal.
But then, out of nowhere, he would reemerge from the shadows, perhaps with something as simple as a pass or turn, and Old Trafford responded, sensing that their side – with Mkhitaryan at the epicentre – were starting to take control. He kept pressing, growing in influence as Anderlecht tired, until the pressure he continued to provide at No.10 paved the way for Rashford to score a dramatic late winner to send United through to the semis.