Manchester United have looked pretty solid for some time now under the new management of Jose Mourinho. Not since that catastrophic spell in the autumn – when United lost thee on the bounce – have they regularly wobbled.
But the Mourinho evolution is taking time and the problem of late has been putting the ball in the onion bag. While the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham have been scoring for fun, Manchester United have squandered crucial opportunities to get themselves in contention for the title.
So it was even more thrilling to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan play such direct and ruthless football throughout the game on Sunday.
The Armenia captain has certainly taken his time to adapt to the pace and physical demands of English football. He looked like a lost foal in his baptism of fire against Manchester City earlier this season but he has slowly come to the boil and now he looks like the most dangerous player in the team.
His pace on the ball for the goal which broke the deadlock against Leicester was frightening. He didn’t look like getting caught at any stage and his finish was emphatic.
And he reminded us time and again over the 90 minutes what a wonderful touch he has when in form. His set up for the Juan Mata goal was sublime and he provided several other gilt-edged chances for team mates in a performance of genuine class.
This is a player who can run games with his pace, skill and understanding of the game. With his confidence this high TFF fully expects Manchester United fans to see a lot more Man of the Match performances from Mkhitaryan between now and the end of the the season.