Michael Owen reacts to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s display in Man United’s 1-1 draw with Anderlecht

Michael Owen heaped praise on Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Manchester United's Europa League draw with Anderlecht on Thursday night

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Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan Photo: Hublot

Michael Owen singled out Henrikh Mkhitaryan for special praise after the playmaker scored during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash on Thursday night.

The Armenia international has been in good form for the Red Devils in recent weeks after initially struggling to make much of an impact in his first few months at the club.

The playmaker handed Manchester United the lead when he tapped home from an acute angle in the 37th minute to give the Red Devils a crucial away goal in the tie.

However, the home side equalised late on when Leander Dendoncker hit home in the 86th minute with Anderlecht’s first shot on target.

And former Red Devils and Liverpool striker Owen was very impressed by the composure shown by Mkhitaryan as he gave the visitors the lead just before half-time.

Speaking during BT Sport‘s coverage of the game, Owen said: “I love the build-up to the [Mkhitaryan] goal. It’s one-touch and it’s great to see Manchester United up the tempo in the final third.

“The angle was tight and the spin on the ball was going against him but he [Mkhitaryan] made it look easy. He caught it perfectly and rifled it into the top corner.”

Manchester United will now turn their attentions towards getting ready for their crunch Premier League clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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Mkhitaryan, who joined the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund last summer, has now scored 10 goals in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s men so far this season.

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