Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Jose Mourinho felt I’d perform better behind the striker

by Tanveer Arayan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Jose Mourinho believed he would perform better playing behind the striker in the central role in Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Leicester City.

The Portuguese boss was playing in a 4-4-2 formation for the first 20 minutes at the King Power Stadium, but opted to bring the Armenian into the central role, and it worked brilliantly.

He opened up the game and found the first goal of the game as he left Leicester’s backline behind with a moment of magic, which was shortly followed by a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal.

Speaking after the game, Mkhitaryan claimed Mourinho’s tactical changed helped United claim all three points.

“It was something we prepared before the game, the manager said if it didn’t work with 2 strikers we would change,” he said.

“In this game the manager felt it better I play behind the striker, I was trying to do my best.”

It was brilliant from United and the game really got going after Mourinho made his changes in the first-half to help the side go unbeaten in 15 consecutive league games, the longest active unbeaten run in Europe’s top 5 leagues.

Hopes are they can continue their impressive form against Watford as they’re within touching distance of the top four, just two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

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