Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Henrikh Mkhitaryan following Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Sunderland in the Premier League.
The Armenian came on after 62 minutes and produced another sensational attacking display, instantly putting David Moyes’ men on the back foot with some mesmerising moments of brilliance on the ball.
His scorpion kick in the 86th minute, which handed Man United their third of the afternoon, sent Old Trafford into raptures and left the watching world in a state of awe.
Mourinho, speaking to MUTV after the game, was full of praise for the 27-year-old.
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Nobody who was at Old Trafford today will forget that goal. Sometimes I question whether football – with its growingly commercialist nature, various scandals and general vitriol – really deserves to be known as the ‘beautiful game’. But moments like this remind you of why you fell in love with football in the first place: that potential for sheer individual brilliance to emerge from the general rubble of a game, leaving you – and indeed everyone who saw it – in a state of speechlessness.
It was a goal that encapsulated Mkhitaryan’s brilliance: full of flair and power, timed to perfection, executed with optimum accuracy – the kind of thing that only a select few in the world could ever pull off. This was unquestionable talent in its most distilled form, and United fans will be desperate to see similar heroics against Middlesbrough.