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Ibrahimovic backs Mkhitaryan to come good

Ibrahimovic backs Mkhitaryan to come good

"It was a good win, we are pleased to get four goals", he said. "You never know what can happen".

The goals flowed, Wayne Rooney's smile on the field came back with interest, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, at last, had a game to remember in his new club's shirt and Manchester United finally picked up a result their performance deserved.

Rooney also supplied the second goal of United's 4-0 UEFA Europa League Group A success for Juan Mata and fully deserved the standing ovation that came his way when he was substituted after 82 minutes for a side now one point from the round of 32.

"It's not the biggest competition obviously but it's a competition United's history doesn't have, so let's try to qualify". Before I arrived here I knew that so many teams can win the Premier League. "As long as we are in it, we will try to win it".

One major talking point ahead of the game - Mkhitaryan's inclusion aside - was Mourinho dropping Anthony Martial from United's squad.

'You have one opportunity, you have two, you have three - if you don't bite then somebody comes and takes the bait, ' Mourinho said. "He needs to keep adapting and replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League, which is a competition that requires different characteristics".

The United skipper praised his team's prolific display on the day, especially given their recent inability to finish teams off in the Premier League. So I think it's just that because that has also to be with confidence levels.

Mourinho is already a man under pressure at Manchester United, but what advice would the fans give their manager if they had the chance to sit down with the Premier League victor? "We know that one defeat we are out, so we had that little bit of pressure on the shoulders, but the players coped very well with it". "[He is] very intelligent and very bright, the way he reads the game, so good for him because the performance was good".

Charlton, now a United director, was watching on at Old Trafford and could now see Rooney equal his record against West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Griezmann has scored 50 goals in 85 league appearances for Atletico Madrid and would be an ideal acquisition for United who have struggled to find the back of the net over the last couple of seasons.

Beaten manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst said: "After 70 minutes, you could see the difference in quality".