Ibrahimovic: Mkhitaryan is quality, but he must take his chances

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The midfielder has not been able to cement a regular spot in the Manchester United squad since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, but the striker feels he can be important.

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is confident Henrikh Mkhitaryan will come good at Old Trafford irrespective of his difficult start.

The Armenia international joined United from Borussia Dortmund during the close-season for a reported £26 million, but has struggled to live up to the high expectations.

The 27-year-old has made just seven appearances for Jose Mourinho’s men in all competitions, having started just one game in the Premier League and failing to score or set up a goal.

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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.

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“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.

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