Henrikh Mkhitaryan has explained why he’s excited for his future at Manchester United following his Man of the Match display against West Ham United in Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final tie.
After starting against Feyenoord earlier in the week for the first time since the Manchester derby in September, he returned with a bang and earned his second star man award in a week.
With another impressive display for Man United’s 4-1 victory over the Hammers at Old Trafford, supporters have urged Jose Mourinho to keep him in the starting XI for the clash against Everton in the Premier League on December 4.
“I’m excited for the performance, I’m excited for my performance,” Mkhitaryan said. “We’ve done a good job. We’ve tried our best to win because the last game, on Sunday against West Ham, wasn’t very good for us when we didn’t win. But I think this time everything worked out and we’re very pleased.
“The last game we couldn’t score our chances, but now we’ve scored our chances so the difference is that. This time we’ve done maybe more than what we have to do and we’ve scored four goals. Maybe we could score more but in the end we stopped on four goals and I think we’ve done a very good game and the transition from defence to offence was great. We have to keep working to be ready for the next game against Everton.
“Sometimes after the game you’re feeling tired but it’s a very good tired because you’ve done everything on the pitch and you’re satisfied with the work you’ve done on the pitch, so I think this is the day that everyone is tired but satisfied.
“Of course, it’s always a pleasure to win games because you’re recovering faster, you’re recovering better, you have more fun in the dressing room so it makes you keep the good atmosphere in the dressing room which is what we’re trying to do.”
Man United have failed to remain clinical in front of goal in recent times, following draws over Stoke City, Burnley, West Ham and Arsenal, but when Mkhitaryan is creating such clear-cut goal scoring opportunites, goals will undoubtedly follow.
He had a constant presence against West Ham and set up goals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial, but what was most impressive about his performance was that Mourinho had earlier claimed he was struggling with his confidence in England.
If Mkhitaryan is a player that is struggling with confidence issues, then I’d love to see what he’s capable of once he finds his feet and cements his place in the starting XI.