Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had to bide his time to make an impression at Manchester United.
An injury picked up on international duty, combined with Jose Mourinho's concerns over his lack of physicality, have limited the Armenian to just nine appearances since arriving from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
But, in a man of the match performance against West Ham in the EFL Cup last night, the £27 million man finally gave fans more than a glimpse of what he can offer. And United themselves have been quick to hype up Mkhitaryan's display after releasing a video of his individual highlights.
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Mkhitaryan arrived at United with a reputation for assisting teammates and scoring more than his fair share of goals. He racked up 20 assists and 13 goals for Dortmund in 2015/16 after all.
And the 27-year-old was back to what he does best as he provided assists for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial against the Hammers - undoubtedly his best performance for the Red Devils so far.
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However, it wasn't just the inch-perfect passes he laid on for his teammates' goals that led to his standing ovation when he was replaced by Marcus Rashford late on.
As you can see from the video below, he was a cut above the rest virtually from start to finish...
United fans reacting to the video are certainly willing to jump on board the Mkhitaryan hype train judging by their responses on Twitter...
As for the player himself? Mkhitaryan was more than happy with his efforts.
"I’m excited for the performance, I’m excited for my performance,” he said, via United's official website.
"...Sometimes after the game you’re feeling tired but it’s a very good tired because you’ve done everything on the pitch and you’re satisfied with the work you’ve done on the pitch, so I think this is the day that everyone is tired but satisfied.
"Of course, it’s always a pleasure to win games because you’re recovering faster, you’re recovering better, you have more fun in the dressing room so it makes you keep the good atmosphere in the dressing room which is what we’re trying to do."
It remains to be seen whether Mkhitaryan's MOTM performance in the EFL Cup is enough for Jose Mourinho to give him a spot in United's next Premier League starting XI.
However, given the Red Devils' recent struggles to convert chances in the league, there is certainly a growing pressure for the Portuguese to play his big money summer signing from the off when United travel to play Everton this weekend.
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