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Lost Just 1 With Him Involved: Why Mkhitaryan Has To Start Every Game For Manchester United

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

Manchester United maintained their recently-found winning form in style against Sunderland on boxing day, making it 4 wins in a roll by downing Moyes’ men in a 3-1 victory. The Red Devils were unplayable from start to finish, with the Black Cats finding it hard to create chances while the hosts continually troubled their resilient backline.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the man calling the shots, as he set up Blind for the opener in the first half, while he also found the back of the net to score his 12th league goal of the season with less than 10 minutes to go. But the game’s result wasn’t put beyond any doubt yet, at least not until Henrikh Mkhitaryan came off the bench to score a peach of a 3rd goal of the game.

By the time Borini pulled one back for the visitors, it was too little too late, as the Armenian midfielder subbed on had already killed the game with his out-of-the-world sublime backheel goal. That amongst other reasons is why Mkhitaryan has to start every game for Manchester United from now.

The 27-year-old was returning to action for the first time since getting stretchered off against Tottenham 3 matchdays ago, and his impact within the half an hour he spent on the pitch was more than enough to help United ease to victory.

The total number of goals scored within that little time Mkhitaryan spent on the pitch against Sunderland was the same number of goals scored in each 90 minutes of the last 2 games against Palace and West Brom, highlighting how influential the former Dortmund ace can be in the final third whenever he is available for action.

Since arriving the Theater of Dreams over the summer transfer window, Manchester United have only lost 1 out of 8 league games Mkhitaryan have been involved in, winning 5 and drawing the other 2.

Being the game changer and match winner that he is, Mourinho’s men haven’t lost any of the matches (4) the winger has had a hand in any of the goals (3 goals, 2 assists), and he is set to play a very influential role in the coming weeks having returned from another setback and immediately reestablished his ability to have an influence on the form of the team.

Manchester United’s last game in 2016 is against Middlesbrough, while the first 3 of 2017 are tricky fixtures against West Ham, Liverpool and Stoke City – none of which they managed to pick up all 3 points against in the 1st legs. These fixtures will go a long way in shaping the Red Devils’ campaign in the 2016-17 Premier League, and Mourinho can do with the creativity of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in his starting lineup.

The Armenian is now fully settled at the club and has fully had that necessary grasp of Premier League football. He is very more than capable of helping the club get needed points from these next games and subsequently put them in top four on the log.

There are no two ways about it, Mkhitaryan must be an undisputed starter henceforth, as that could go a long way in putting the team back into the title challenge.