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José Mourinho praises Henrikh Mkhitaryan after star performance

José Mourinho praises Henrikh Mkhitaryan after star performance

Banned from the touchline and the dugout - for the second time this month - Mourinho was not seen in the Old Trafford directors' box either, though he revealed he was able to relay his thoughts to his coaching team. Forget that at half-time we should be winning and we aren't.

The forward laid on assists for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial, who each scored twice, and was afforded a huge ovation from the home faithful when substituted for Marcus Rashford late in the game.

"Yes, when I tried to score a goal, I tried to avoid the duel with goalkeeper", he said.

'But, also, I've never had a team with so many draws.

'We have very good players in these [attacking] positions, so when the team produces from behind and builds up well, these players are very creative. Today was more of the same.

I'm pleased with the result, because the performance is something that we're used to.

The 27-year-old set-up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the opening goal of the night, with a brilliant back-heel pass, and even earned praise from his manager.

Mkhitaryan has struggled to adapt to the fast pace of English football and was unbelievably atrocious in his first start for the club: a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester City in the derby back in September.

"That really showed his evolution because against Feyenoord we could think that it was a different profile, but this was against a proper and typical Premier League team".

"We were on this process of developing him as a player - he has a lot to learn and great potential to develop so we were giving him 90 minutes".

He said: "The last game we couldn't score our chances, but now we've scored our chances so the difference is that. They have those kind of players", he told the club's website.

"I'm sure (Hull) City have an incredible memory from Wembley (in the 2014 FA Cup final) and I'm sure they'll try everything to be there again".

"Memphis Depay, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini - the people who stay here were fantastic".

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