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Is Henrikh Mkhitaryan the answer for Manchester United?

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For much of last season, Manchester United fans must have thought they were experiencing Groundhog Day. Every game had the same story - defensive solidarity, but an inability to break down the opposition. 

It culminated in a dire run of eleven consecutive games without a first-half goal at Old Trafford for the hosts, five of which finished 0-0.

Whilst much of the blame was assigned to then-manager Louis van Gaal's style of play, it seems as though Jose Mourinho has highlighted creativity as an area in need of improvement, and has duly signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund to be the creative influence for next season.

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Is the Armenian able to exert his creative prowess in the Premier League? Can he be the answer for United?

From a statistical point of view, Mkhitaryan is a dream player. Last season he scored 23 goals and contributed 15 assists for Dortmund as they claimed second to an impervious Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. 

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This is eclipsed, however, by the 29 goals that he scored in his final season at Shakhtar Donetsk, although admittedly in an easier league.

If he can carry this form into the Premier League next season, United fans could finally escape the feel of a familiar 0-0 scoreline.

Mkhitaryan is renowned for many technical attributes which make him a dangerous player. Capable of playing behind the striker or on the wing, his first touch and passing range is excellent, and he can score with power or finesse, from either foot.

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A position that will particularly benefit is the striker. Mkhitaryan is known for his capability to unlock defences with his ability to beat a man and move defenders out of position. 

However, his direct, forward passes cause numerous problems for defenders, and waiting to finish off moves is none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player with whom Mkhitaryan could form a lethal partnership with. 

Expect Jose Mourinho to get the best out of them both.

However, the big question will be whether he can cut it in the Premier League or not.

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The likes of Angel di Maria and Memphis Depay both moved to Old Trafford, but both have failed to set the Premier League alight, with the former already departing for pastures new.

However, with Mkhitaryan, it should be a different matter. He should be able to adapt to the Premier League.

His late arrivals in the box work perfectly for tight and compact defences, which he can expect to face plenty of next season. 

With Ibrahimovic likely occupying centre-backs, space will be abundant for the Armenian playmaker. If he isn't scoring or assisting, it is likely his intelligent runs and movement will create space for the talents of Wayne Rooney or wonderkid Anthony Martial.

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Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
David Beckham
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