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Jose Mourinho pleased with Henrikh Mkhitaryan's debut

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his highly anticipated debut for Manchester United during their 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in their first game of pre-season under new manager Jose Mourinho.

The Armenian arrived from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth an estimated £26 million earlier in the summer and got to show his new fans exactly what the club have paid for with an impressive 45-minute run out at the DW Stadium.

Mkhitaryan started in the number 10 role behind James Wilson but regularly interchanged with Jesse Lingard on the right-hand side in a very fluid system organised by Mourinho.

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And the former Dortmund star didn't waste anytime to show glimpses of his natural ability.

He was involved in both of the Red Devils' best chances of a goalless first half. First, by cutting back inside the box to set up Lingard for a sharp strike, which was shortly followed by placing a perfect ball in the path of Louis van Gaal flop Memphis Depay but both failed to hit the target.

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The 27-year-old was one of seven substitutions made at half-time as Mourinho got a good look at the majority of players currently available to him but Mkhitaryan was satisfied with how his first appearance in a United shirt went.

He told MUTV after the game: "The first half was a little bit difficult because we couldn't score a goal. But whatever, we made a good game and thank you to my team-mates. I was trying to feel comfortable. I think day by day it will be better.

Mkhitaryan also expects improve further and insisted he would be happy to play in any role with competition in the three positions behind the striker looking fierce this season.

“I am trying, because the first days are always very difficult. You have to get to know your team-mates and their qualities, so I am trying to learn everything very quickly.

"It doesn't matter where [I play], the most important thing is to play and help the team win the games and that is the main thing for me."

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His new manager was also left impressed with his summer acquisition and added: "He is magnificent the way he thinks about football, he thinks very quickly and it’s so sweet how he touches the ball.

"He can play in different positions behind the striker. He doesn’t have the sharpness yet but his performance was very positive."

Will Keane and Andreas Pereira scored both goals as United ran out fairly comfortable winners in a game which also saw Luke Shaw make his long-awaited return from injury.

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