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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Henrikh Mkhitaryan backs Jose Mourinho's Manchester United to keep their focus at the top

The Armenian said he and his teammates are not getting too excited despite winning opening two league games with 4-0 scorelines.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, left, with Swansea City's Tom Carroll, is part of Manchester United's strong start to their Premier League title defence. Nick Potts / PA via AP
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, left, with Swansea City's Tom Carroll, is part of Manchester United's strong start to their Premier League title defence. Nick Potts / PA via AP

Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Manchester United are not getting carried away by their goal-filled start to the Premier League season.

United matched their 4-0 season-opening win against West Ham United by running riot in the closing stages at Swansea City on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial added to Eric Bailly’s earlier finish in the final 10 minutes as United registered four goals in their opening two league fixtures for the first time in 110 years.

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But Mkhitaryan promised United were not getting ahead of themselves with another 36 games still to be played between now and next May as the club look to win a first title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013.

Mkhitaryan said: “Let’s not rush because it’s only two games played. “We still have 36 games to play in the Premier League. So let’s go just step by step to try and win every game and at the end see where we arrive.”

Summer signings Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have both hit the ground running for United after making respective moves from fellow top flight sides Everton and Chelsea.

Lukaku has scored three goals in two games and Matic has been a towering midfield figure in screening the back four and getting United on the front foot.

Mkhitaryan’s own performances, in contrast, have flown under the radar.

But the Armenian came up with two more assists at Swansea and has created four of United’s eight goals.

“I’m very happy I could assist twice but I enjoyed more of the teamwork than what I have done myself because football is a team sport,” Mkhitaryan told MUTV.

“Last year the atmosphere and environment in the team was amazing but this year it is much better.

“It’s not that something has changed but we have become more close to each other.

“Maybe that’s why our new signings have shown that everything is good and are helping us from the first game.

“We are very happy for Romelu and Nemanja that they are playing and I hope that Victor (Lindelof) is going to start playing as soon as he can.

“We are trying to support them to settle down quick because it’s very important for us that they show their best quality.”

United are next in action on Saturday when they play host to Leicester City at Old Trafford.

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