Henrikh Mkhitaryan is Manchester United’s European specialist and could emerge as one of the key men in Skopje when the stars from Old Trafford and the Bernabeu come out to play, the English club’s official website says in a fresh article.
While all eyes may be on David De Gea, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and too many others to list, the UEFA Super Cup could be the perfect platform for the Reds’ Armenian to show again why he belongs in such company.
Mkhitaryan was magnificent during last term’s Europa League-winning campaign and looks a good bet to pick up the inaugural individual award for the competition in Monaco later this month. His ability to score vital goals, particularly away from home, illustrated a knack for arriving in the box at the right time. In Stockholm, against Ajax, his wonderfully executed finish meant the celebrations could start early among the United faithful.
“As the manager tweaks his tactics, positions will continue to evolve over time but it is worth pondering if Mkhitaryan will be asked to be a dynamic force in not only showing off his sublime dribbling skills, but also working hard to get into goalscoring positions. It is something he did regularly in the Europa League and any slight change in role will surely make this even more common,” ManUtd.com said.
“So when the spotlight falls on a galaxy of stars at the Philip II Stadium, do not be surprised if the man who is the key to exploiting any deficiencies in Real Madrid’s defence, is United’s leading scorer in Europe last season. If he looks as dangerous as he did in Dublin, the Champions League holders may need to keep him in close check.”