Manchester United fans react on Twitter to Mkhitaryan display against West Ham
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.
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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.