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Mkhitaryan pushing for Man United starting spot

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Elettra Stolfi | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:29

The Armenian global has had a rough start to his career at Old Trafford and has been left out of the team for most of the season by manager Jose Mourinho.

The Old Trafford faithful have had to be patient but are clearly now falling in love with the summer signing from Borussia Dortmund. It was considered a staggering amount of money for a player that only had a year left on his contract. "I just think he has to start starting in Premier League games".

One player that is convinced about Mkhitaryan's quality is United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who backed the creative midfielder to come good sooner rather than later.

'Last summer, my agent called me and said that Manchester United was interested in signing me. "But it's a disgusting challenge, really", Neville said.

West Ham also make five changes, with the return of captain Winston Reid from suspension chief amongst them.

United put on a fine attacking display for their fans at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic each scoring twice in the victory.

"At the beginning of this season at United, I suffered an injury and have not had many chances to play".

'I had many hard nights in my apartment in Dortmund, all alone, just thinking and thinking.

"Sometimes after the game you're feeling tired but it's a very good tired because you've done everything on the pitch and you're satisfied with the work you've done on the pitch, so I think this is the day that everyone is tired but satisfied", Mkhitaryan told Manchester United's website. That time was very important to me, because it shaped my style as a player.

The performance against the Hammers in the EFL Cup, has convinced Neville, that Mkhitaryan is the man to turn around the club's fortunes in the Premier League.

"I always wanted to play like [Zinedine] Zidane, Kaka and Hamlet [his father]".

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