Saturday 17 March 2018

Mourinho adds Mkhitaryan to attacking plan

Jose Mourinho Picture: PA
Jose Mourinho Picture: PA

Jack Ducker

Jose Mourinho believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play a crucial role in helping Manchester United to become risk-takers again as the manager backed his latest signing to be an immediate success.

The Armenia attacking midfielder completed his £26.3 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund yesterday after signing a four-year contract with the option of a further 12 months and dedicated the move to his late father, Hamlet, 20 years on from his death.

Mkhitaryan becomes Mourinho's third signing after defender Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the manager is convinced the 27-year-old will help re-energise United as they attempt to break away from the risk-averse football played under Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.

"Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country," Mourinho said. "He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal.

"I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We want to play differently than last season. My philosophy is different [to Van Gaal's]. It's not better, it's different. I am more vertical, I am more intense and I like the ball possession as a way to create a chance to be vertical." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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