Jose Mourinho hints at Man United change for Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Jose Mourinho hints that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be set to enjoy a freer role at Manchester United this season
Jose Mourinho has hinted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be set to enjoy a freer role at Manchester United in the coming weeks.
The Armenia international has earned plenty of praise for his performances for the Red Devils in recent weeks after initially struggling to produce consistent displays.
Mkhitaryan struggled to live up to expectations earlier in the season following his big-money transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the summer window.
However, the playmaker has been in much improved form in recent weeks and has earned plenty of praise for his performances of late.
Mkhitaryan helped Manchester United seal a 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
And Mourinho has hinted that the playmaker could be deployed in a number of different positions in the coming weeks and months.
Mourinho told The Sun: “I will use him everywhere I need. I played him left-back [once].
“He is ready, his mentality has changed, his profile of a player does not change, but the mentality and approach changed.
“He is ready to play for us. What we did last weekend is something we will try and do more and more.
“Start with a system, try to surprise the opponent, then the team is ready to go back and to change during the match. You can only do that with maturity, with some work with time and knowledge with what your players can do.
“During the week we trained for both things. I don’t need to change players, just change the roles on the pitch. So, be ready, after five, 10 or 20 minutes we are going to change.
“We have more and more capacity to try to do these things to try and surprise opponents and create difficulties.”
The Red Devils are currently sixth in the Premier League table as they bid to finish in the top four this season.