Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had a difficult and fruitless start to life at Old Trafford, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes he’ll still deliver.
The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder joined Manchester United in the close-season a £26 million fee, but has not lived up to his price tag.
After seven games in all competitions, Mkhitaryan has not scored or assisted a goal under Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan impressed in Thursday’s 4-0 Europa League win over Feyenoord, though, and Ibrahimovic expects more of the same in the weeks to come.
“I know who Miki is, I see it every day in training, so hopefully he showed everybody who he is and has the confidence to keep on doing that,” Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“He was injured and he has been training very hard since, being very professional, so you just have to wait for your chance and, when you get your chance, you need to take it.
“It is up to the coach who plays, because there are 25 players if I am correct, so the coach is the boss, he decides who plays.
“He is a quality player, like every player in the team, but it is up to the coach who plays in the team. Like I said, he was injured for a while, but he has come back and he has been good in training, like everybody else.”
Mkhitaryan was a key player for Borussia Dortmund throughout his three seasons in Germany. Before his time at the Bundesliga side, he won three Ukrainian Premier League titles with Shakhtar Donetsk.