Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been discussing the reasons behind his improved form for Manchester United in the Premier League this season.
The Armenian didn’t feature in the Premier League from early September to December last year and only registered one assist all season.
This time around, however, Mkhitaryan has claimed six assists in as many Premier League games and netted his first goal of the season against Everton.
And the 28-year-old, speaking at a press conference ahead of Man United’s clash with CSKA Moscow, made it clear that this season was going to be different.
“This season is different,” he noted. “I am working very hard in training, to be ready for Premier League games. I have started the season well and I am doing my best to help the team.”
Mkhitaryan was frustratingly brilliant in Europe last season but couldn’t assert himself in the same way in the Premier League.
He was often deployed on the right hand side and too often drifted in and out of games, producing the occasional sublime moment but rarely having a constant, game-changing impact.
But the dynamic is different this year: Mourinho has used him at No.10 to storming effect, operating in tandem with Juan Mata and exploiting the space left by the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku. The presence of both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, as well as Marouane Fellaini, has provided a more direct avenue through which to get the ball to his feet.
Needless to say, the end result has been mouth watering, and supporters will just hope to see it continue.