Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United’s £26.3million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, enjoyed his first runout out for the club in the 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium with youngsters Will Keane and Andreas Pereira scoring the goals in what was new manager Jose Mourinho’s first outing. The Portuguese manager was warmly welcomed by the United faithful and the feeling was mutual post match – with Mourinho claiming that the away support was “unbelievable” throughout the match.
However, it was new signing Mkhitaryan that had the fans talking after the game.
Mkhitaryan looked as if he settled in nicely, showing some great movement to get in between the lines and pick up the ball in the number ten position. He thanked his United team mates for their contribution:
“I would say it was a good 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.”
The Armenian,who can operate through the middle or wide, notched up 23 goals last season for the Bundesliga club and United fans will be hoping to see the same at Old Trafford this term. Mkhitaryan did speak about adapting to United’s play and how the first days are “always very difficult”
“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. Game by game it will be better and better. Of course we’re getting ready for the new season so we are trying to do everything the coach is asking from us.”