Pre-Season Player Preview: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

CARSON, CA - JULY 15: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
CARSON, CA - JULY 15: Henrikh Mkhitaryan /

In his first season with Manchester United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has found his niche in the starting eleven.

Under Jose Mourinho, Mkhitaryan has found his form. Additionally, he has proven himself to be a vital asset to the United attack. The Armenian found most of his success during the Europa League. In the European competition, he netted five goals. Those same five goals matched the output of Ibrahimovic.

During pre-season, the winger looked even more phenomenal than he did in the 2016/17 season. Mourinho has found a place for Henrikh, and he excels in his role. Now, the 2017/18 premier league season is just days away. Mourinho is looking to the 28 year old to be a key part in the United offense.

On top of Premier League action, the Champions League will be a challenge that United have not had in a few years. Consequently, the pressure mounts on Mkhitaryan. The Armenian winger did so well in the Europa League, but can he continue that run of form in the Champions League?

How will Mkhitaryan perform in the new season?

In my own opinion, I feel as if the talented attacker will have a great year; establishing himself as a lethal weapon. Already, I have had the chance to see the former Dortmund man play in the pre-season, and he looks promising. He will come off of an underwhelming 2016/17 Premier League season, and he will take chances and make things happen.

Mourinho will utilise the two footed footballer on the wing. Additionally, Mourinho wants Mkhitaryan to run with the ball. Again, when the gifted winger has the ball, he can dribble past opposition with ease. He is not an easy player to defend against.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, goal of the season?

If you paid any attention to Manchester United football last season, you would know that Mkhitaryan scored an absolute beauty.

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Can Mkhitaryan replicate this outstanding goal? If Mkhitaryan plays up to the level he did during pre-season, surely he can score absolute crackers in the new season.

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In the end, Mkhitaryan has more than proved his worth since last season. The new season will be filled with exciting opportunities, and supporters are seeing a much more complete team. Vacancies have been filled, and the United team are ready to face off against West Ham this Sunday.