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Mkhitaryan: 
I will get better

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan believes he will keep on improving at Manchester United.

The Armenian midfielder, who joined United from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal earlier this summer, played a crucial part in his new club's 2-0 friendly win against Wigan on Saturday.

Mkhitaryan (above), who was taken off at half-time as part of seven planned substitutions, appeared happy with his debut performance and hinted there would be more to come.

"I would say it was a good game," Mkhitaryan told MUTV.

"The first half was a little bit difficult because we couldn't score a goal.

"But whatever, we made a good game and thank you to my teammates. I was trying to feel comfortable. Day by day, it will be better."

When asked how he was settling in at United, he said: "I am trying, because the first days are always very difficult.

"You have to get to know your teammates and their qualities, so I am trying to learn everything very quickly.

"Game by game, it will be better and better. Of course we're getting ready for the new season, so we are trying to do everything the coach is asking of us."

Mkhitaryan was a hit with United fans who were impressed with his creative display in the first 45 minutes, before second-half goals from Will Keane and Andreas Pereira secured the victory against the Latics.

The 27-year-old has already been hailed as a "top-class player" and "magnificent" by United manager, Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho said: "Mkhitaryan is a top-class player and currently at the best stage for a footballer - 27/28 years old.

"He is magnificent the way he thinks about football, he thinks very quickly and it's so sweet how he touches the ball.

"He can play in different positions behind the striker. He doesn't have the sharpness yet, but his performance was very positive." - PA Sport.

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