Mourinho: Mkhitaryan display ‘important for confidence’

Date published: Friday 25th November 2016 8:43

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Impressed in rare start

Jose Mourinho believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s performance against Feyenoord will help him go from strength to strength at Manchester United.

The Armenian was handed only his second start of the season at Old Trafford on Thursday and justified his selection by catching the eye with six shots and three chances created.

Mourinho brought Mkhitaryan off in the 82nd minute to give him the chance to feel the full affection from the fans and now wants him to try and have the same impact in the Premier League.

“The reception [from the fans] he deserved because he played very well,” said Mourinho.

“Always improving, improving, improving, improving until the moment he was really tired and I felt it was the right moment to take him off and to let him come off with a very good performance.

“It was important for his confidence and he will try to keep adapting and trying to replicate this kind of quality performance in the Premier League which is a competition with different difficulties.”

On the overall performance, Mourinho was pleased with what he saw and said the Europa League is a competition that he values.

“Yeah I’m happy, this was a performance and a result,” Mourinho added.

I was saying before the match, performance without result is not good but gives you a future. A bad performance with a good result is a happy moment but it’s just a happy moment, not a happy future.

“And this time they played very well again with goals and it’s important for us because we always said since day one we want to do well in the Europa League. We were in a position of needing four points and now we need just one.”

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