After an impressive 2-0 win over Southampton on Friday night, Manchester United fans will be excited about the campaign ahead and be confident of a potential Premier League title challenge.

The additions of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world football’s most-expensive player Paul Pogba all look inspired, while Jose Mourinho’s dedication to success appears to be rubbing off.

For all of United’s summer recruits to prove to be worthwhile in the team’s quest for silverware, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will need to be given more time on the pitch.

Undoubtedly talented, a goal threat and incredibly creative, the Armenia international was a star at Borussia Dortmund and could well be a considerable asset to the Old Trafford outfit.

In the first two games of the season Mourinho has opted to start Mkhitaryan from the substitutes’ bench, with the playmaker coming on to put in late cameos in both matches.

Most of the mainstream media suggest it is only a matter of time until the Armenian starts to get the nod to play ahead of Juan Mata.

However, even if this is the case, there is no guarantee that Mkhitaryan will replicate his sublime Dortmund feats in England.

During his time at Signal Iduna Park, the attacking midfielder had both incredible spells of excellent form and underwhelming stints.

These were linked to the position that Mkhitaryan was afforded.

As a number ten behind a solitary striker, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man pulled the strings for the Bundesliga side, scoring and creating goals at will.

However, when he was deployed in a wide position, Mkhitaryan found himself on the fringes of the game and nowhere near as influential.

A warning close to home should be in Mourinho’s mind when dealing with the gifted playmaker.

Shinji Kagawa was also signed by United from Dortmund after stellar performances for the German side as a number ten.

He was asked to play wide for the Red Devils. He left Old Trafford as a failure.

Currently at United, with Wayne Rooney seemingly set to assume the role of second striker behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, just where Mkhitaryan fits into the team remains to be seen.

Even if he claims Mata’s current role on the right of midfield in coming weeks, Mourinho will quickly find out that the Armenian is much more effective utilised centrally and playing him on the wing could nullify his unique abilities.


  1. I completely agree this analysis, Miki is not natural winger, he is more of a n. 10 than wide player, I am very concerned that Miki could turn into another Gagawa because he is played out of position. the other problem for Miki is the nature of the English football, he needs time adopt it.

    If man united wanted winger why it did sifn Saido Mane who is fast, talented and powerful winger, I think we missed that player maybe because we did not wanted to pay what Liverpool piad for him

  2. I am convinced that Utd needs a fast attacking winger from the right flank. a dribling wizard like Zaha, Mane, Gabigol etc Mikhi is a natural number 10. two inch perfect passes completed during Sou game from that position when Rooney was substituted. in fact Rooney is a misfit in that team?


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