Manchester - Jose
Mourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan is close to being Premier League ready
after impressing for Manchester United in their 4-0 defeat of Feyenoord
on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old Armenian played 82 minutes of the Europa League tie
before being replaced by Jesse Lingard where he had lined up in midfield
alongside Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
While Mourinho praised Mkhitaryan's performance, the Portuguese still
believes his £26m million signing needs to improve his physicality in
order to cope with the English top-flight.
After the game, Mourinho said: "He just needs now to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League.
"The Premier League is different, he needs one more step.
"Confidence levels are higher. This performance gives him the right
to believe he can play the next match again. The Premier League has more
physicality but we know the quality, why we bought him.
"He is a player with a high level of technical quality, very
intelligent, very bright with the way he reads the game so very good for
Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, was relieved just to have played again, for
the first time since September. He said: "It was a pleasure to play
again. It's been very difficult watching the team from the side but you
have to have passion and work hard to try and take your next chance."
The Armenian captain will be hoping to start United's next fixture that see's them welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford in an English Premiership encounter on Sunday.
kick off is at 18:30.