Jose Mourinho has backed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to help Manchester United improve their style of play next season.
The Armenian midfielder has finally completed his move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund in a £26.3million deal, with his new manager summing up what he can bring to United.
Mourinho said, as per The Telegraph:
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“He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal."
Mkhitaryan scored 23 goals and provided an incredible 32 assists for BVB over the course of last season, a feat that saw him named Bundesliga Player of the Year.
That's almost half of the goals United as a whole scored in the Premier League in that time, so Mourinho is hoping the latest addition to his squad will help the Red Devils to leave behind the pedestrian football played under Louis van Gaal.
“We want to play differently than last season. My philosophy is different [to Van Gaal’s]. It’s not better, it’s different", added Mourinho.
Mourinho the risk-taker
“I don’t like ball possession as a way to just keep statistically possession of the ball and be afraid to play a game with transitions... I’m not afraid to lose the ball. I’m not afraid of risk.”
It's clear Mkhitaryan is already being handed the role of risk-taker, as the 27-year-old is certainly not afraid to get forward.
And while he is strong in possession, Mourinho has already made it apparent that United's strategy will no longer simply be about keeping the ball.
Mkhitaryan is United's third signing of the summer, having followed Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the club.
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