Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expressed his delight after netting his first Old Trafford goal during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend.
The Armenian, after netting his first Man United goal against Zorya Luhansk last week, seemed less interested in his first goal for the club and more invested in scoring at Old Trafford for the first time.
And after just 28 minutes, Mkhitaryan latched on to an inch-perfect through-ball from Ander Herrera to fire home the winning goal, sending Old Trafford into raptures.
The 27-year-old took to social media after the game to send a message of gratitude to United supporters.
— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) December 11, 2016
Any player – from the highest level to Sunday league – can take inspiration from the story of Mkhitaryan in recent weeks. On his first United start, against Manchester City, he was off the mark: too slow, too weak, too immobile – perhaps beleaguered by the sheer enormity of the occasion. This has, in one way or another, happened to all of us at some point. That sinking feeling of being inadequate.
And then came the prolonged period of exile. The period of suffering. Over two months passed until Mkhitaryan would receive another chance to start. During that time, however, the 27-year-old didn’t sulk. Instead, he worked, determined to improve himself, always looking for ways to transcend English football’s notably physical standards and demonstrate his worth.
He finally received his chance against Feyenoord on 24th November. Since then, the Armenian has been United’s brightest spark, leading a collective resurgence under Jose Mourinho with his astonishing craft going forward.