Owen Hargreaves reacts to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal in Man United’s 1-1 draw at Anderlecht

Owen Hargreaves heaps praise on Henrikh Mkhitaryan's opening goal in Manchester United's clash against Anderlecht

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan Photo: Henrikh Mkhitaryan/Instagram

Owen Hargreaves hailed Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a clinical finish after the midfielder broke the deadlock in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Anderlecht.

Jose Mourinho fielded a full-strength Red Devils line-up despite their Premier League clash against leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and facing a battle to secure a place in next season’s Champions League competition.

Mourinho’s side can reach Europe’s premier club competition if Manchester United win the Europa League for the first time this season.

And summer signing Mkhitaryan made the breakthrough in the first half with a close range finish after the attacking midfielder pounced on the rebound from Marcus Rashford’s initial shot.

The visitors conceded a late equaliser when Leander Dendoncker headed past Manchester United’s number two Sergio Romero in the 86th minute.

Former Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves lavished praise on Mkhitaryan for his reaction skills after the Armenia international’s opener.

“It’s just a terrific reaction from Mkhitaryan. It was a magnificent save but it was also good, patient build-up play from United. This is his competition, Mkhitaryan,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.

Mkhitaryan has scored three goals in six appearances in this season’s Europa League competition.

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Manchester United haven’t won a European competition since winning the Champions League in 2008.

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