By Alex Stevens
Henrikh Mkhitaryan started only his third game for Manchester United in their 4-1 win against West Ham on Wednesday night – and fans took to Twitter to hail the Armenia international’s outstanding display.
Mkhitaryan has been mostly frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho since signing from Borussia Dortmund for £26million in the summer.
The attacking midfielder made only his ninth appearance for the club in the League Cup showdown against the Hammers, with six of them coming as a substitute.
But he was handed his second start in seven days in a sign that he is finally earning the trust of Mourinho and responded with a performance full of craft and creativity.
Mkhitaryan, who scored 23 goals and supplied 32 assists in all competitions in a phenomenal campaign for Borussia Dortmund last season, set up United’s opening two goals to supply his first assists for the club.
His audacious backheel put Zlatan Ibrahimovich through for the opener and the Armenian then picked out Anthony Martial for the goal that put the home side 2-1 up.
United supporters were pleased to have an extended look at the 27-year-old and praised him on social media.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Thank you so Henrikh Mkhitaryan we love you #mufc ????
— HappyChild (@prisca_morris) November 30, 2016
Some great goals tonight. Just shows that Carrick and Mkhitaryan need to start every game #MUFC
— Jordan (@JordanDunn90) November 30, 2016
2 games. 2 MoM performances and looks to be growing in confidence and settling in, Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Looks the 30M player we bought. #MUFC
— iMallu (@NaanumEngineer) November 30, 2016
Love seeing schweinsteiger back tonight! What a man! Oh, and mkhitaryan is very good at football! #MUFC
— Sean Dobbs (@SeanDobbs_92) November 30, 2016
We look so good at times, which just adds to the frustration of this season. Rooney, Mkhitaryan, Martial all immense tonight ?? #MUFC
— Dave Putman (@DavePutman_) November 30, 2016
Fantastic performances all around the pitch, solid at the back, Martial, Mkhitaryan, Wazza and Ibra up top were straight fire! ? #MUFC
— SamiMUFC82 (@SamiMUFC82) November 30, 2016
Martial and Mkhitaryan with some really positive attacking tonight. All of a sudden with Mata too we have a selection dilemma. #mufc
— Fan of MUFC (@Vict0rMeldrew) November 30, 2016
United’s win secures them a place in the League Cup semi-final draw along with Liverpool, Hull and Southampton.
In other Manchester United news, Tottenham are planning to make a January bid for one of Jose Mourinho’s senior players.