Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists he will keep on improving at Manchester United after vowing “to do everything” asked of him by new manager Jose Mourinho.
The Armenian midfielder joined United from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal earlier this summer and the player caught the eye as he made his debut the club in Saturday’s 2-0 friendly win at Wigan.
Mkhitaryan, who was taken off at half-time as part of seven planned substitutions, appeared happy with his debut performance and hinted there would be more to come.
“I would say it was a good game,” Mkhitaryan told MUTV. “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.”
When asked how he was settling in at United, he added: “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.
“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.”
Mourinho on Mkhitaryan
Mkhitaryan was a hit with United fans who were impressed with his creative display in the first 45 minutes, before second-half goals from Will Keane and Andreas Pereira secured the victory against Latics.
The 27-year-old has already been hailed as a ‘top-class player’ and ‘magnificent’ by United manager, Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho said: “Mkhitaryan is a top-class player and currently at the best stage for a footballer – 27/28 years old.
“He is magnificent the way he thinks about football, he thinks very quickly and it’s so sweet how he touches the ball.
“He can play in different positions behind the striker. He doesn’t have the sharpness yet but his performance was very positive.”