Manchester United played an outstanding game of football yesterday, as Jose Mourinho’s men beat current champions Leicester City on their own turf by a 3-0 scoreline. The first goal came courtesy of a big of Henrikh Mkhitaryan magic, as he skinned a defender before slotting the ball past Schmeichel.
On the play, the 27-year-old from Armenia showed great pace to get away from chasing defenders, and brilliantly finished from a tight angle to set United on their way.
After the match, Manchester United’s #10 came in for some superb praise from Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, who points to that pace as the difference maker in that particular situation.
The pundit then went on to compare him to great technicians like Mata, Ozil and Silva, but he hints that they probably wouldn’t have scored that goal.
“He (Mkhitaryan) has got something that very few players in that position have, which is pace,” Carragher reportedly told Sky Sports, quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“You think of Juan Mata, Mesut Ozil, David Silva – great technicians – but they don’t have that pace.”
“And I think that was vital in the first goal.”
I absolutely love Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and he’s done well from out on the right-wing, but when moved into the hole directly behind the striker, he looks even better.
The way he controls the game so effortlessly is just a joy to watch, and some of the runs, passes and skills he makes are just poetry in motion. We have a real star on our hands here, and it’s nice to see him getting the credit he more than deserves.