By Wayne Veysey

14th Aug, 2017 | 11:08am

Souness: This Manchester United player didn't cut it in 16/17 but I expect him to have great year (not Pogba)

By Harry Sykes

Graeme Souness has hailed Henrikh Mkhitaryan and backed him to make a huge impact at Manchester United this season.

The Armenian playmaker joined United last summer from Borussia Dortmund but had a disappointing debut campaign as, despite the odd bright moment, he failed to leave up to his £37million transfer fee.

But Sky Sports pundit Souness is convinced that Mkhitaryan, 28, will be a different proposition in 2017-18 after watching him in action in Sunday’s 4-0 triumph over West Ham.

The attacking midfielder played 89 minutes of the clash as a dominant United laid down a title marker that had the former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager drooling.

“If you go through Manchester United’s squad, they have a great goalkeeper, defensively they are solid and powerful, they have great size throughout the team and they have young guys like Rashford and Martial, and I don’t think we have seen the best of Henrikh Mkhitaryan yet either,” Souness told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match, as quoted by their website.

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“He came with a big reputation but wasn’t at it last year. I expect him to have a great year.

“The manager has big decisions to make if everyone is fit. He has genuine quality to pick from.”

Mkhitaryan scored 11 goals and supplied five assists in 41 United appearances last season but struggled to get in the team in the first half of the campaign and his best performances were saved for the Europa League, where he scored six of his goals.

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