Liverpool Legend Explains Why Mkhitaryan Is Better Than Ozil

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has one quality that even the Premier League’s top No.10s lack, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

The former Liverpool defender claims Mkhitaryan has the right pace to burn unlike team-mate Juan Mata, Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and Manchester City’s David Silva.

Mkhitaryan has been impressive in the No.10 role as Manchester United hammered reigning champions Leicester City to go ahead within striking distance of the top four.

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The Red Devils had to overcome a difficult start at the King Power Stadium, which forced Jose Mourinho to switch Mkhitaryan from the wing to a more central role.

And the 28-year-old Armenian had an immediate impact as he opened the scoring after racing behind Leicester’s clueless defence to fire past Kasper Schmeichel before half time.

After the match, 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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Mkhitaryan’s exciting pace also served a key role in his winner against Tottenham at Old Trafford earlier this term.

Against Leicester, after 41 minutes of struggle, Manchester United suddenly looked fluid, sublime and clinical at the King Power Stadium.

Jose Mourinho changed his tactics that shifted the focus from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and it worked great.

With this tactical move, the United boss might have found a perfect solution to his team’s goalscoring problems. It definitely made the difference on Sunday.


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