Jamie Redknapp: This Man United signing proving key to Jose Mourinho’s revival
Jamie Redknapp highlights the role that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is playing in Manchester United's recent revival
Jamie Redknapp says Henrikh Mkhitaryan is proving a key player in Manchester United’s recent revival under Jose Mourinho.
The Armenia international has established himself as a first-team regular in recent weeks after a surprisingly slow start to life at Old Trafford.
Mkhitaryan was signed in a £30m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund after the attacking midfielder became Mourinho’s third signing of the summer.
The 27-year-old was limited to one Premier League start in August, September, October and November as he struggled to break into Mourinho’s side.
Mkhitaryan made a disappointing full debut in a 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the derby at Old Trafford in September as he was substituted at half-time.
However, the playmaker has really come into his own over the past month or so, scoring three goals in his last three appearances in Mourinho’s side.
Writing in his Daily Mail column after Mkhitaryan’s wonder goal in Manchester United’s 3-1 win against Sunderland on Boxing Day, Redknapp singled out the summer signing for special praise.
“Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s stunning goal took me back to when Colombia keeper Rene Higuita cleared my cross for England in 1995 with a scorpion kick,” Redknapp told The Daily Mail.
“Mkhitaryan’s effort may not have been as bold but he showed such audacity. He is looking so sharp and has been key to Manchester United’s revival.”