A Manchester derby during pre-season tour is a new prospect to us all, but it was a rare friendly game that we could actually look forward to. Jose Mourinho handed a start to Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a #10 role just in behind Romelu Lukaku, and what a joy it was to watch the man from Armenia play.
From the first minute, he pulled the strings. His directness, control and vision was just insane, particularly on the counter-attack. We saw a very hit and miss Mkhitaryan last term, but now he’s had time to adapt to life in England, this could well be a huge second season just on the horizon.
It’s the pace at which he does everything, and he forces the opposition backwards purely due to his willingness and desire to go out there and have a positive impact on the team.
Last season, he spent most of his time as a winger, but tonight, we got to watch him work in his favoured role. Me, along with large portions of the Old Trafford fan base, seem to agree it was a wonderful performance from the former Dortmund man.
He definitely has the chance to really push on from here on out, and it has certainly been a solid tour thus far – scoring two goals and laying on two assists for his teammates.
Check out the tweets aimed at Henrikh Mkhitaryan here:
Can we just take a moment to appreciate Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a #10? Different gravy 🔥
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) July 21, 2017
Mkhitaryan in a free role is a delight. He does lose concentration so so easily though, but in full flow he's the business.
— All For United (@allforunited) July 21, 2017
Mkhitaryan the master of the assist and that deadly finish from Rashford!!
Rashford is a gem 👏👏👏👏👏
— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) July 21, 2017
Mkhitaryan is gonna rip the league this season along with rash and lukaku
— Trev UTID (@knaggsy097) July 21, 2017
Excellent first half. Mkhitaryan the stand out. Rashford, Lukaku, Blind, Pogba all very good. Pep remains bald x pic.twitter.com/0MYqwngPU4
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) July 21, 2017
Plenty of people pointing out Mkhitaryan's pace and direct approach and rightly so but his first touch to set him on his way is immaculate.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) July 21, 2017
Mkhitaryan is a breath of fresh air. Rashford seriously no words for this guy, what a player at such a young age.
— D (@RashfordElite) July 21, 2017