Mourinho on Mkhitaryan debut: It’s sweet how he touches the ball

The new Man Utd signing looked bright has he played the first 45 minutes in Saturday’s pre-season win over Wigan Athletic, with the manager also impressed with Eric Bailly.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was impressed with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first game for the club, insisting his performance in the 2-0 win over Wigan was “very positive,” reports.

The summer signing from Dortmund started at the DW Stadium and looked bright in his position behind lone striker Will Keane, creating one gilt-edged chance that Memphis Depay missed from close range.

Mkhitaryan was withdrawn at half-time, with Keane and substitute Andreas Pereira grabbing second-half goals to seal the win, but Mourinho was happy with the Armenian’s contribution.

He told MUTV: “[Henrikh] 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.

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