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Posted 16 January 2017 - 10:55 AM

01:12  AMT,  January 16, 2017
Mkhitaryan banner at England club stadium (PHOTOS)

A banner, which was devoted to Armenian national football squad captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan, was at Old Trafford, the Manchester United (a.k.a. Red Devils) home stadium, during the club’s English Premier League clash Sunday against Liverpool F.C.

The banner depicted the Red Devils midfielder’s scorpion kick goal, owing to which he had become the scorer of the Premier League Goal of the Month for December 2016.




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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:38 AM

The Daily Star, UK
Feb 5 2017
Mkhitaryan has this key attribute that Mata, Ozil and Silva do not have - Carragher

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN has one quality that the Premier League's top No.10s lack, according to Jamie Carragher.

By Alex Harris /

Published 5th February 2017

The ex-Liverpool defender believes Manchester United star Mkhitaryan has pace to burn unlike team-mate Juan Mata, Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil and Manchester City's David Silva.

Mkhitaryan impressed in the role as United eased past reigning champions Leicester to move within striking distance of the top four.

The Red Devils made a sluggish start at the King Power Stadium, prompting Jose Mourinho to move Mkhitaryan from the wing to a more central position.

And the Armenia international wreaked havoc, opening the scoring after racing behind Leicester's defence to fire past Kasper Schmeichel before half time.

After the full-time whistle, Carragher told Sky Sports: "He's got something that very few players in that position have, which is pace.

"You think of Juan Mata, Mesut Ozil, maybe David Silva.

"Great technicians but they don't have that pace.

"I think that was vital in the first goal."


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

Manchester Evening News
February 6, 2017 Monday

Henri the great helps Reds find killer touch


by stuart mathieson

THE penny is finally dropping with United's players.

Jose Mourinho's latest public messages have clearly got through to his
squad after he attacked their poor finishing quality and perceived
lack of winning mentality that was sabotaging their efforts to make a
decisive hit on the top four race.

Less than two weeks ago Mourinho was telling the media: "A top team
has to be much more clinical. You have to get the first chance of the
match and 'bang,' 1-0. "When you are winning by a goal then, the next
chance, 'boom' - kill the opponent. And we are not doing that enough."

And just 48 hours prior to the Leicester match he was questioning some
of his players over their mental state that had cost United so many
points this campaign after nine league draws.

The MKHITARYAN there can future role as the Stuart "They need that
time to go out of their comfort zone or a zone where they are
protected that we assume the objective is not to win," said Mourinho.
This was a vicious response to those valid points from the Old
Trafford boss.

In fairness, it did take a while at the King Power stadium to wonder
if the messages had fallen on deaf ears.

Leicester are certainly not the in-yourface, vibrant, counter
attackers they were last season as they created the fairytale league
title season, but United were certainly helping them look more like
champions than the relegation strugglers they now are.

Mourinho has often waited for his interval chance to change things,
but he couldn't wait on this occasion.

Retro 4-4-2 was ditched after just 20 minutes and that allowed Henrikh
Mkhitaryan to be released from his wasted wing role.

There hadn't been many chances at all but when the Armenian burst
through onto Chris Smalling's flicked-on header, he went at the heart
of Leicester's defence and as Mourinho said it was 'bang' 1-0. Then it
was 'boom' in a minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally woke from his
slumber and steered in the irrepressible proved only be one for him...
number 10 Mathieson second from Antonio Valencia's cross. Any
Leicester revival was obliterated.

United had killed them, just as Mourinho wanted.

The irrepressible Mkhitaryan proved that there surely can only be one
future role for him in the Reds XI and that is as the number 10.

Whether he is doing it by sheer power with his bullet finishes or
clever vision to set up Juan Mata for the Spaniard to make it 3-0
after 49 minutes, the Armenian is a must in that role coveted by so
many in United's squad.

Maybe Mourinho is 'into something good after all.' ¦ HENRIKH
MKHITARYAN AT 10 HENRIKH Mkhitaryan started on the left, but it wasn't
until he was moved inside by Jose Mourinho that United began to

He scored the first, then made the third for Juan Mata. He was
involved in most of the good things United did, able to drift around
and find space wherever he wanted.

WHAT ROB It was a performance that might tempt Mourinho to make the
change permanent. ¦ 4-4-2 MOURINHO sprung a surprise by starting with
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford up front.

It didn't really work and it was only when he went back to 4-2-3-1
that United began to look like the better team.

It does, though, show that Mourinho is actively looking for ways to
help United score more goals.

He's rarely played 4-4-2 at any of the clubs he's been but he was
flexible enough to try it.

We may see it more next season if WE he signs a new striker and
Ibrahimovic stays for another year.

been good. And Chris Smalling has looked comfortable whenever he's
come into the team.

But at the King Power Stadium, Eric Bailly reminded everyone that he
is still first choice.

He slotted seamlessly back into the team on his first game back since
the Africa Cup of Nations.

Hopefully Jamie Vardy escaped from the Ivorian's pocket before the kit
was loaded back onto the bus.

¦ ANTHONY MARTIAL IS BEING MADE TO WAIT HE was, at least, back in the
squad to play Leicester. But even with United 3-0 up and cruising,
Martial was still overlooked in favour of Ashley Young.

Young might argue that he needed a run out, too. But it looks like
Martial will have to earn his next chance.

Watford at home on Saturday might be the ideal opportunity for
Mourinho to see if the Frenchman has learned his lesson.

doing that to There chances at Armenian onto in finally slumber The
irrepressible Mkhitaryan proved there can only be one future role for
him... as the number 10 Stuart Mathieson


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 10:55 AM

Manchester Evening News
February 7, 2017 Tuesday

Mkhitaryan is no midfielder, he is Jose's perfect 10

by Samuel Luckhurst

UNITED supporters might have to amend their chant for Henrikh
Mkhitaryan. Armenian? Yes. Midfielder? No. Mkhitaryan is much more
devastating than a mere midfielder.

The Leicester win included Mkhitaryan's fifth goal, fourth assist and
fifth man of the match award since he returned from that two-anda-half
month exile against Feyenoord in late November. And it says much about
how Mkhitaryan is regarded that he was retained in the team after a
toiling evening against Hull.

The 28-year-old's opener at the King Power Stadium was the most
decisive moment, yet the most penetrating dart from Mkhitaryan came
before that.

Almost single-handedly Mkhitaryan switched United from defence to
attack, nutmegging Danny Drinkwater, luring Wilfred Ndidi away from
the fort, leaving Ahmed Musa on his backside and bypassing Christian
Fuchs to cross for Marcus Rashford to balloon over. There were 16
seconds between Mkhitaryan receiving the ball midway inside his own
half and executing his centre almost level with the six-yard box.

That red sky in Leicester might have signalled a new dawn for United
and for Mkhitaryan. The virtuoso attacker is flexible enough to switch
a disjointed 4-4-2 to an incisive 4-2-3-1 and Mourinho might only
revert to 4-3-3 against United's eminent competitors.

'Right midfield' was how Mourinho described Mkhitaryan's position days
before he completed his signing and it is an area United might have to
reinforce more specifically in the summer. Mkhitaryan is understood to
prefer the playmaker role and his latest display suggests he should
stay there.

Just imagine if Mourinho chose Juan Mata or Wayne Rooney to play
behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mata might have nipped in ahead of Robert
Huth but Rooney would not have.

Mkhitaryan leaves opponents looking as helpless as Wile E Coyote.

Mkhitaryan's poise while carrying the ball is comparable with
football's finest dribblers. Every caress is weighted to perfection
and an underrated facet of his December winner versus Tottenham was
the first touch which adjusted his sprint - Toby Alderweireld was on
his coat tails by the time he larruped the ball past Hugo Lloris.

A midfield axis, traditionally favoured by Mourinho, might be in vogue
again with United's next top-half opposition possibly coming in early
April. How ironic Mkhitaryan is the difference between an unsettled
side and a settled one.

The player is settled, too. He recently moved out of his hotel, has
discovered Manchester's only Armenian restaurant and his idea of a
night in tends to be watching his ex-club Borussia Dortmund on TV.

Mkhitaryan might have to accommodate Antoine Griezmann next season.
The France international also covets the second striker role and is a
more prolific finisher.

Yet Mkhitaryan tends to find a way. He has scored from the left, right
and centre for United. He's the attacking Armenian.

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:25 PM

The Daily Star, UK
Feb 22 2017
'Hell no!' Manchester United fans go into total meltdown after Henrikh Mkhitaryan's injury

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN injured his hamstring in Manchester United's clash with St Etienne at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

By Konstantinos Lianos /  Published 22nd February 2017

The Red Devils star opened the scoring after 16 minutes following a great cross by Juan Mata.

But he limped off 20 minutes before half-time and was replaced by Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United fans are shocked and worried ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley.

Some even criticised manager Jose Mourinho for not resting him.

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 08:26 AM

“Unpredictable” Mkhitaryan can hold the key, teammate Chris Smalling says

Henrikh Mkhitaryan heads into tonight’s Europa League Round of 16 second leg against FC Rostov with praise from Manchester United team-mate Chris Smalling ringing in his ears, according to the club’s official website. 

The Armenian has been instrumental in the Reds’ European progress, scoring against Zorya Luhansk, Saint-Etienne and in the first game at Rostov, and is expected to be a key figure as Jose Mourinho’s men look to reach the quarter-finals of a competition the club has never won.

After being withdrawn in the wake of Ander Herrera’s dismissal at Chelsea on Monday, a tactical sacrifice, the clever schemer will hopefully be raring to go against the Russians at Old Trafford.

When asked by tonight’s United Review, the official matchday programme, if everybody is glad Mkhitaryan has returned from injury, Smalling replied: “Yeah, we are – it is great. 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 Micki has been brilliant for us, because he is a threat that is very hard to defend against.

“I think it could be a coincidence [he’s done so well in Europe] but, 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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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:50 AM

Society 17:15 15/04/2017
Kandelaki continues hailing Mkhitaryan on social media

Popular Russian journalist and producer, director at Match TV sports channel Tina Kandelaki has taken to Facebook to post another message about Armenian national team captain and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Kandelki has posted Mkhitaryan’s photo with accompanying poem by Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents:

“We are few but we are called Armenians
We do not put ourselves above anyone
Simply we also admit that we, only we have Mount Ararat
And that it is right here on the clear Sevan 
that the sky could make its exact duplicate
Simply David has indeed fought right here
Simply the Narek was written right here
Simply we know how to build from the rock, a monastery
How to make fish from stone, how to make man from clay
To learn to become the student of the beautiful, 
the kind,
the noble,
and the good.” read the post.

Days ago, Kandelaki and Mkhitaryan exchanged compliments on Twitter with the Russian journalist praising Mkhitaryan and informing her Tbilisi living mother was big fan of the Armenian player. In response, Mkhitaryan thanked Kandelaki and all his fans in Georgia.

To remind, Tina Kandelaki was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her father Givi Kandelaki is descended from the Kandelakis, a noble Georgian family of Caucasus Greek descent while Tina’s mother Elvira Kandelaki (maiden name Alakhverdova) is a narcologist of Armenian descent.

To add, Kandelaki has spoken of her Georgian and Armenian origin on numerous occasions.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:56 AM

Panorama, Armenia
May 19 2017
Mkhitaryan wins goal of the season award

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s scorpion’ kick against Sunderland has been voted Manchester United’s Goal of the Season for 2016/17 by a big margin.

As the club reports on its website, Mkhitaryan’s goal picked up 57 per cent of the votes in the official poll on ManUtd.com. Wayne Rooney’s record-breaking 250th goal for United, a spectacular last-gasp free-kick in January’s draw at Stoke City, was the runner-up with 13 per cent, and Paul Pogba’s long-range drive at Swansea City on nine per cent completed the top three.

Fans’ favourite Mkhitaryan also provided three other contenders in the original 10-strong shortlist for the prize but his inventive strike against the Black Cats, the finest goal of his career by his own admission, proved a landslide victor.

Collecting the accolade at Thursday’s end-of-season awards ceremony at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old said: "To be honest, I was impressed as well. I just realised when I went home and watched it again." Crediting the player who provided the assist for his award-winning goal, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Armenian quipped: "I couldn't miss this great opportunity because I received a great ball from the god!"


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:53 AM

Daily Star, UK
May 24 2017
 Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan set this record in Europa League final win

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN set a record when he scored for Manchester United in their Europa League triumph last night.

By Joel Watson /  Published 25th May 2017
                    GETTY Henrikh Mkhitaryan set a goalscoring record for Manchester United

The Armenian star added the second for the Red Devils as they ran out 2-0 winners over Ajax in Stockholm

And in scoring, the 28-year-old became the first player in United history to score in five games away from Old Trafford in a single European campaign.



He’s scored away against Zorya Luhansk, Saint-Etienne, Rostov and Anderlecht as well as Ajax.

And he added a sixth goal in the home leg of United’s quarter-final tie with Anderlecht.

All in all, he’s netted 11 times in all competitions this season after getting off to a slow start at Old Trafford.

Speaking after the Stockholm Final, Mkhitaryan praised his team-mates for their endeavour.

“Without them, I couldn’t score many goals,” he told BT Sport.

"I’m really happy that I scored today in the final because everyone kept saying ‘you’re going to score in the final’.

“After the last game, when we played against Celta Vigo in the second leg, I was dreaming every day that I would score in the final.

“So thanks to my team-mates. I’m very happy."

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:55 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
May 25 2017
Mkhitaryan dedicates Europa League win to family, Manchester and all Armenians
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Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has dedicated the UEFA Europa League win to family, Manchester and all Armenians.

“Cmon United!!! So so so so happy with our win tonight! I dedicate this trophy to my family, to Manchester and to all Armenians!” Mkhitaryn said in a Facebook post following United’s triumph in Europa League final against Ajax.


Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan won an emotional final in Stockholm.

Pogba scored with a deflected strike before Mkhitaryan’s close-range finish on an emotional night in Stockholm.

Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan added to the lead early in the second period, flicking home from close range after Ajax failed to deal with a corner from the right.



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Posted 26 May 2017 - 10:39 AM

Panorama, Armenia
May 25 2017
‘You deserve it my friend’ – Youri Djorkaeff congratulates Mkhitaryan


Youri Djorkaeff, Former midfielder of the French National Football Team, Europe and world champion, who is himself of Armenian descent, has congratulated Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the Europa League win.

“*That day you told me you would one day win the Cup too...you deserve it my friend!!!! Congratulations Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Bravo Manchester United,” Djorkaeff tweeted, posting a lovely old photograph of himself and the young Miki.

“Thank you so much Youri Djorkaeff! Seems like just yesterday we took this picture and now I get to fulfill my goals just like you,” Mkhitaryan tweeted in response



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Posted 29 May 2017 - 09:34 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
May 28 2017
Mkhitaryan honored with an Order for his ‘Services to Armenia’
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President Serzh Sargsyan has signed a decree, awarding Henrikh Mkhitaryan with a first-degree Order for “Services to the Motherland.”

The Armenia captain, who has been playing for Manchester United since July 2016, received the order for his ‘brilliant performances and for worthily presenting Armenia to the world.’

Mkhitaryan was on target as Manchester United beat Ajax to win Europa League last Wednesday.

Awards ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace today on the occasion of Republic Day. A group of individuals were awarded by the President of Armenia with high state awards and honorary titles for their contribution to the areas of science, education, healthcare, economy, arts, culture, and sports, efficient work, patriotism, boundless dedication, deepening and expansion of the Armenia-Diaspora relations.


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 09:26 AM

Armenpress, Armenia
June 1 2017
Manchester United films exclusive documentary about Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Armenia.


YEREVAN, JUNE 1, ARMENPRESS. The official Manchester United TV channel is shooting a film about Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Reds said on Facebook.

The movie is a documentary as is being filmed in Armenia.

It will soon be aired on MUTV.




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Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:29 AM

MediaMax, Armenia

July 14 2017
Marca names Mkhitaryan pretender to Europa League Player of the Year




Spanish Marca published an article on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, noting that the Armenia and Manchester United midfielder is a pretender to the UEFA Europa League Player of the Year award.



Marca’s “Mkhiraryan puts Armenia on the map” article notes in particular that Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a big role in Manchester United’s win in the Europa League.

The periodical reviews the Armenian player’s first season at the club, touching on his goals in the Europa League.

Marca also points out that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play in the Champions League this season after “shining” in the Europa League. The article remarks that Mkhitaryan will be an important player for Jose Mourinho in the new season.

Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final, Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring the winner. He became the first Armenian footballer to play and score in a European cup final.

The fan vote on UEFA website declared Mkhitaryan the best player of the final.

In total, the Armenian midfielder played 11 games and scored 6 goals in the 2016/17 Europa League.

The jury consists of coaches of clubs in the 2016/17 group stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists from the European Sports Media (ESM) group representing each of UEFA's member associations. Coaches are not allowed to vote for players from their own team.


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