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Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I have room for improvement at Manchester United

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said he still has work to do to improve his performances for Manchester United but is confident he will thrive at Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan, 28, signed for United from Borussia Dortmund last summer, but the attacking midfielder did not properly secure a place in Jose Mourinho’s side until November.

When asked by United Review if he feels he has fully adapted, the Armenia international said: “No, not yet. I still have places where I can improve and room to improve. I know myself very well and I am sure than I can do better, and I will do better, because I am confident.

“I know very well within myself I can do more, I want to say that, for next year, I am going to have more goals and more assists.

“Of course, you can improve in every aspect. There is not one side that you can say I am good on it and then I don’t have to work on that facet. You have to work on every side to your game, in every aspect, because you just have to keep working hard to improve.”

Mkhitaryan, who has scored three goals and recorded one Premier League assist, missed out on United’s EFL Cup final win through injury, but is hopeful of playing a role in their remaining Europa League campaign, which resumes against Anderlecht in the quarterfinals on April 13.

“Yes, of course, I missed the EFL Cup final but the most important thing is the fact that the team won it,” he said. “For me, it’s the team success in the first place, more than any individual one, so I will be happy if I can get to another final this year. You don’t ever know what will happen tomorrow but we will keep our heads clear, try to think positively and get the best for us.

“It is one of my goals for this season — to win the Europa League. Of course, I know it is not going to be easy, particularly at this stage of the competition as there are no easy opponents. Obviously, we understand the importance of the tie with Anderlecht in the quarterfinals.

“We know that we are going to have two very tough games and, of course, Anderlecht are not easy opponents. I realise some people think: ‘Ah, we’ve got Anderlecht, so it is going to be easy to beat them’ but it is not like that. I know this because I have watched some of their games during their participation in Europe and I can say they are playing very well and they have very good with players of high quality.”

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