Michael Owen reacts to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s display in Man United’s 2-0 win over Ajax

The former Manchester United striker singles out Henrikh Mkhitaryan for special praise

Former Man United striker Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen hailed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s role in Paul Pogba’s goal as Manchester United beat Ajax in the Europa League final.

The Armenia international has endured a mixed first season in the Premier League after Jose Mourinho signed the attacking midfielder in a £30m deal from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

However, Mkhitaryan has played a key role in helping Manchester United to reach the Europa League final after a return of five goals in 10 appearances in Europe’s second tier competition.

The 28-year-old was named in Manchester United’s starting line-up for the clash against Eredivisie giants Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday night.

And former Manchester United striker Owen was impressed with attacking midfielder’s subtle contribution to Pogba’s opening goal in the Europa League final.

Speaking to BT Sport about Pogba’s deflected strike, Owen highlighted Mkhitaryan’s smart run to create space for his team-mate.

“I really like how Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes the run,” Owen said.

“If he doesn’t make it, the goal doesn’t happen. Mkhitaryan took the defender away and made that space for Pogba.”

Mkhitaryan doubled Manchester United’s lead with a 48th minute goal in Stockholm to get one hand on the trophy.

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Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table.

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