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Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was naturally delighted to find the net in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Sunderland, and is targeting more goals as the Reds continue to push for a top-four finish.
It took the Armenian just 47 seconds of the second half to notch his eighth goal of the season, a strike that added to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s superb opener and all but ensured victory against the home side, who had been reduced to 10 men just before the break.
Marcus Rashford added a third in the dying minutes of the match to seal the win, which Mkhitaryan believes could prove to be “very important” for the Reds.
“It was a very important game and an important win after two draws,” he told MUTV after the game. “We have done everything to win; we knew it would not be easy but it was most important that we played well and we won 3-0.
“I think it was very important to score the second goal because the game was not over and then they had a little bit of control in the second half but, thanks to my team-mates, they could help me to score. At the end we scored the third one and the game was already over.
“I am always happy to score, not only to score but also to assist; it doesn’t matter to me. I am always working and I want to score as many goals as I can. Scoring goals is always enjoyable.”
Attention now turns to Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Anderlecht in Brussels. Mkhitaryan has impressed in the competition this season, scoring crucial goals away to Zorya Luhansk, Saint-Etienne and, more recently, FC Rostov in the last round.
“It’s going to be a very important game against Anderlecht,” he added. “It will be a very tough game because it’s not going to be easy against Anderlecht. They are a very good team with very good young players and I think we have to be ready to have a very good game.”