Smalling: Mkhitaryan Makes The Difference For United

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has praised Henrikh Mkhitaryan since his return from injury, lauding his brilliance.

The 28-year-old Armenia international initially struggled to fit into life at Old Trafford, but has found his form.

Mkhitaryan scored the only goal in the 1-1 first leg europa league game against Rostov and United face the Russian outfit today.

“Yeah, we are glad Miki is back, it is great,” Smalling told United Review.

“He had missed a few games but he came back and had an instant impact like he had never been away.

“It is great to have such great attacking options and Miki has been brilliant for us, because he is a threat that is very hard to defend against.

“As a player, he is very unpredictable. Every player in the world knows who Henrikh Mkhitaryan is. But it is one thing to know him and another to deal with him. I am lucky that he is on our team and I am not playing against him.

“He is often thinking one step ahead [in training], whether it is a pass or a dribble. He is deceptively quick as well and he is probably quicker with the ball than he is without, which is rare for a lot of players.

“He is a great, great asset for us.”



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