Manchester United fans lamented the second-half performance of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the Armenian’s wastefulness in possession as he played 90 minutes in the Reds’ 3-0 victory against FC Basel on Tuesday night.
Mkhitaryan has, statistically, had an incredible start to the season, with five assists in four Premier League games. Yet his performances have often underwhelmed despite his brilliant stats.
The 26-year-old pulls off some wonderful pieces of skill and some passes of genuine world-class quality, but can disappear for significant periods of time. United fans were quick to point that out in Tuesday’s evening’s second half, but more notably his wastefulness.
Reckon Mkhitaryan would attempt a nutmeg on a tree
— manutd23 (@manutd24) September 12, 2017
Mkhitaryan isn’t some 20 year old. Man’s fully 29. When will he just start playing like a normal human being?
— Henri Jekill (@MrScripto) September 12, 2017
Mkhitaryan thinks he’s Luis Figo when really he’s closer to Luis Boa Morte
— Navegante (@Thereemzstyle) September 12, 2017
Mkhitaryan trying his best to get us back into the Europa league so he can stat pad again.
— m (@ScholesEsqueJr) September 12, 2017
Mkhitaryan dropping a proper 4/10. Someone needs to ask him to imagine this to be just like Europa.
— NC (@rektmeister) September 12, 2017
Mkhitaryan puts a free header over. Fellaini powers in his first chance, yet Mkhitaryan is more valuable 🙄
— Stel 🚫❄️ (@OnAMadness) September 12, 2017
Mkhitaryan certainly missed his fair share of chances. The Armenian should have put United ahead early on after a fantastic outside-of-the-boot clipped ball from Juan Mata, but he headed well over instead of directing the ball downwards.
Later on in the first half, after his first shot had ricocheted off the post unfortunately, he looked to chip the goalkeeper, only for the shot to land right in the goalkeeper’s arms.
Despite those misses, some United fans were ecstatic with the performance of Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan has pretty much cemented his place in the team now and is becoming undroppable. Everything going through him
— Michael Barton (@mrmichaelbarton) September 12, 2017
Manchester United’s Attackers so far this season
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 12, 2017
Some really attractive, creative and positive football from United so far. Mkhitaryan been superb and determined. Young refreshing.
— Anna_MUFC (@mufc_anna) September 12, 2017
Sometimes underwhelming, but ultimately productive? That appears to be Mkhitaryan’s mantra in a United shirt so far this season.
While he frustrates throughout the game, he does come up with the final balls required. In a United team where that is often the one piece of the jigsaw missing, you’d feel that Mourinho will be unlikely to drop him anytime soon.