Henrikh Mkhitaryan produced a truly sensational display at No.10 during Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Swansea City in the Premier League.
The Armenian, who claimed two assists against West Ham last weekend, struggled to find space early on as Swansea packed the midfield.
He was nonetheless tidy on the ball and, with Swansea starting to tire, supplied Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba with inch-perfect assists during the last ten minutes.
His numbers from the game shed light on what was an effervescent display in south Wales.
Mkhitaryan's game by numbers vs. Swansea:
4 chances created
90% pass accuracy
100% tackles won
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 19, 2017
Mkhitaryan only managed one assist in the Premier League last season. This time around, however, he has four after just two games – another potent indicator of the dynamics shifting for United on a domestic front this time around. They have already scored 15 per cent of the goals they managed in the league last term.
Whisper it, but there is genuine change happening amidst Mourinho’s men this season, and at the heart of it lies the Armenian. He struggled to find space against Paul Clement’s side but was wonderfully nimble and aware in possession, always there to turn and spring forward, picking out teammates at will.
And United’s procession during the latter stages couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the 28-year-old’s superb vision and execution. Mourinho ought to give him a run of games in that role – something he didn’t really do last year.
The sudden impact brought by the diminutive magician will be crucial, you sense, when it comes to unlocking lesser sides hellbent on packing the midfield this season.