Nemanja Vidic sends message to Man United fans about Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan is similar to ex-Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan Photo: The Sport Review

Nemanja Vidic believes there are similarities between Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and ex-Red Devils striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The Armenia international moved to Old Trafford in a £30m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho used Mkhitaryan sparingly during the 2016-17 season before the attacking midfielder started to thrive in the Red Devils team towards the end of the campaign.

The 29-year-old has made a bright start to his second Premier League season following a return of four assists in two outings so far to help Mourinho’s side make a 100 per cent start.

Manchester United were 4-0 winners against West Ham United at Old Trafford in their season opener before a 4-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Former Red Devils defender Vidic admits Mkhitaryan reminds him of former Bulgaria striker Berbatov.

“[He] is a great player, great on the ball and always a danger to defenders. But the only thing I’d like to see from him is more goals,” Vidic told ESPN.

“It seems like he enjoys to create more than score them, which is a nice quality for the team, but I think he should be more selfish and score more himself.

“I remember Dimitar Berbatov when he came to United. He seemed keener to set up a goal rather than score. We wanted him to score goals and the message got through to him and started scoring.”

Berbatov has scored 56 goals in 148 appearances in all competitions during four seasons at Old Trafford following a £30m move to Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.

The Bulgarian striker won two Premier League titles and the League Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson before moving to Fulham in 2012.

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