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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Earns Second Start for Man United This Week

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Earns Second Start for Man United This Week

'When the deal was done and dusted, I sat down to sign the contract with United and that's when it hit me ... that's when I realized that this big move to the Premier League was really happening. I knew it would be a challenge to leave a good situation at Dortmund and succeed at United, but I did not want to sit in my chair as an old man and have any regrets.

One player that is convinced about Mkhitaryan's quality is United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who backed the creative midfielder to come good sooner rather than later.

'I said, "Is it real?"

The referee, Mike Jones, missed the incident, but Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United defender Neville was fierce in his criticism of the goalkeeper.

Starting for the third time this season, Mkhitaryan was involved in both of United's first two goals, playing in Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a superb backheel for the early opener and setting up Anthony Martial with an intelligent lay-off soon after the interval.

"At the beginning of this season at United, I suffered an injury and have not had many chances to play", Mkhitaryan said.

Slaven Bilic's team frustrated the Red Devils during the league clash to draw 1-1 and will be out to cause the hosts more misery by winning at Old Trafford for the first time in nine years.

Their trip to Merseyside is the start of seven fixtures in 27 days for Mourinho's stuttering Manchester United side. That time was very important to me, because it shaped my style as a player.

"I think the performances are no different from the cup and the league, the difference is that in the cup competitions they're finishing teams off, look ruthless in front of goal, and look happier".

Manchserter United have been inconsistent in the league all season, despite enjoying decent cup runs in the Europa League and EFL Cup.