Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Why Man United won’t suffer with tiredness ahead of Everton trip
The Manchester United summer signing explains how Jose Mourinho's squad can cope with the heavy fixture load in December
Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Manchester United can cope with a hectic fixture list during the festive period.
The Red Devils booked their place in the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night thanks to a 4-1 victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s return to action on Sunday afternoon when the 20-time English champions make the short trip to face Everton at Goodison Park.
Their trip to Merseyside is the start of seven fixtures in 27 days for Mourinho’s stuttering Manchester United side.
However, Mkhitaryan is confident that Manchester United can recover quickly if the Red Devils manage to build confidence with a run of victories.
“Sometimes after the game you’re feeling tired but it’s a very good tired because you’ve done everything on the pitch and you’re satisfied with the work you’ve done on the pitch, so I think this is the day that everyone is tired but satisfied,” Mkhitaryan told Manchester United’s website.
“Of course, it’s always a pleasure to win games because you’re recovering faster, you’re recovering better, you have more fun in the dressing room so it makes you keep the good atmosphere in the dressing room which is what we’re trying to do.”
Mkhitaryan moved to Manchester United in a £30m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window as he became the third of Mourinho’s summer signings.
However, the Armenia international has been limited to just three starts in all competitions after a difficult introduction to life at the 13-time Premier League winners.
Mkhitaryan scooped the club’s man of the match award for his performance against the Hammers in the League Cup.