Owen Hargreaves: This Manchester United fringe player is absolutely brilliant
By Alex Stevens
Owen Hargreaves praised Henrikh Mkhitaryan as an “absolutely brilliant” player during Manchester United’s 2-0 Europa League over Zorya on Thursday evening.
The Armenia international lit up a low key clash against the Ukrainian side with a wonderful solo goal to open his United account.
Zlatan Ibrahiovic added a second in the closing minutes to secure the win and seal the Premier League club’s place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
But the match will be remembered for the moment of magic from Mkhitaryan that built upon his recent impressive displays for United.
The fixture was 47 minutes old when the Armenia international picked up the ball close to the halfway line and ran at the Zorya backline before coolly slotting in his first United goal.
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BT Sports pundit and ex-United midfielder was effusive in his praise of Mkhitaryan, who was given a standing ovation by the travelling band of visiting fans when he was substituted after 83 minutes.
“He’s majestic, an absolutely brilliant player, ” said Hargreaves of the 27-year-old attacking midfield while commenting on the match for BT Sport 3.
It comes after Mkhitaryan has been on the fringes of the United team since signing for the club from Borussia Dortmund for £27million in the summer.
He was making only his fifth start for the club, and just his 11th appearance, since joining from the Bundesliga outfit.
In other Manchester United news, these are the player ratings for Mourinho’s men in their win over Zorya on Thursday.