Zlatan Ibrahimovic explains why Henrikh Mkhitaryan can become Man Utd star

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has backed his new teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan to become a success at Manchester United and feels he has what it takes to prove himself under Jose Mourinho.

Both Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan arrived at Old Trafford this summer, and while the big Swede is currently United's top scorer this season with eight goals, the Armenia captain has struggled to make an impact and hasn't started a league game since the derby defeat on September 10.

That said, the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker produced a man-of-the-match performance in the Red Devils' big win over Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday, and Zlatan has heaped praise onto the 27-year-old.


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Ibra on Mkhitaryan

The 35-year-old striker said after the 4-0 victory, via The Mirror: "I know who Miki (Mkhitaryan) is (as a player), I see it every day in training, so hopefully he showed everybody who he is and has the confidence to keep on doing that."

On Mkhitaryan's reaction to his poor start to life in Manchester, Ibrahimovic revealed: "He was injured and he's been training very hard since, being very professional, so you just have to wait for your chance and, when you get your chance, you need to take it.

"It's up to the coach who plays, because there are 25 (first-team) players if I'm correct, so the coach (Mourinho) is the boss, he decides who plays.

"He's a quality player, like every player in the team, but it's up to the coach who plays in the team. Like I said, he was injured for a while, but he's come back and he's been good in training, like everybody else."

Promising signs from Mkhitaryan

Mkhitaryan put in a fine display against Feyenoord, linking up very well with Ibrahimovic but also regularly interchanging positions with captain Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata to help create lots of chances.

He was clearly desperate to get his first United goal, and while he didn't get on the scoresheet, he went off in the 82nd minute to a standing ovation.

Mkhitaryan told BT Sport in his post-match interview that he hopes this can be the start of a sustained period of good form for himself, and he should be involved yet again when West Ham visit the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Europa League
Premier League
Jose Mourinho
Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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