Jose Mourinho explains why Henrikh Mkhitaryan was played in the central role against Watford

by Tanveer Arayan


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he intends to make good use of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s versatility at Old Trafford this season.

The Armenian has already played in four different positions this season and Mourinho has indicated that he’ll continue to change his tactics to capitalise on his ability.

He’s been remarkable since his return to the first-team and when the 28-year-old was first played down the middle he completely opened up the game, replicating the effect against Walter Mazzarri at Old Trafford.

Speaking prior to the game, Mourinho claimed he’ll be changing his tactics to try and surprise opponents.

“I will use him everywhere I need,” he said. “I played him left-back. He is ready, his mentality has changed, his profile of a player does not change, but the mentality and approach changed. He is ready to play for us.

“What we did last weekend is something we will try and do more and more. Start with a system, try to surprise the opponent, then the team is ready to go back and to change during the match.

“You can only do that with maturity, with some work with time and some knowledge with what your players can do. During the week we trained for both things. I don’t need to change players just change the roles on the pitch.

“So be ready, so after five, 10 or 20 minutes we are going to change so I think we have more and more capacity to try to do these things to try and surprise opponents and create difficulties during the match.”

Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic form our best front four, showcasing a range skills to link up play and get the ball forward into attacking positions.

At the heart of the side, Mkhitaryan has proven that he’s capable of orchestrating the play and there’s no doubt that we’ll see more him in that position.

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