Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits he must improve further at Old Trafford
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 06/04/17 4:48pm
Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits he has "room for improvement" at Manchester United and says his best is yet to come.
The Armenia attacker has scored seven goals in all competitions in his debut season at Old Trafford, having signed from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
He initially struggled to feature under Jose Mourinho and went almost three months without a Premier League start after his half-time substitution against Manchester City in September.
He has since established himself in the first team but dropped to the bench for the 1-1 draw against Everton on Tuesday after Mourinho criticised his performance against West Brom.
When asked by United Review if he has fully adapted to the Premier League, he 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."
Three consecutive home league draws have left United playing catch-up in the race for the top four.
They sit four points behind fourth-place Manchester City having played a game less but could still qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa League.
Anderlecht are their quarter-final opponents and Mkhitaryan is hoping to go all the way after missing United's EFL Cup final victory over Southampton in February.
"Yes, of course, I missed the EFL Cup final but the most important thing is the fact that the team won it," he added.
"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 quarter-finals.
"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."