Manchester United secured the type of routine 4-0 group-stage win in Europe their fans had been so accustomed to until recent seasons, as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, and former Liverpool goalkeeeper Brad Jones with an unfortunate own goal,and Lingard late on earned all three points for Jose Mourinho when they were badly needed.
Rooney was vastly improved on what we have seen so far this season, and was officially awarded man of the match for a lovely goal and a very tidy assist, but it was Henrik Mkhitaryan that really impressed the Old Trafford faithful with a fantastic display on just his second start for the club.
For someone who is supposed to be struggling for confidence, he sure looked bloody confident, as can be seen by this borderline supersonic run he went on that was bizarrely not called a foul at the end of it.
So much was expected of the Armenian when he signed from Borussia Dortmund after being voted the best player in the Bundesliga, and tonight's performance showed why.
Man Utd fans and neutrals watching events at Old Trafford were seriously impressed with the shift Mkhitaryan put in.
Could watch Mkhitaryan with the ball at his feet all day. When he's in full flow he's such a delight to watch. Has done more than enough.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) November 24, 2016
Mkhitaryan has been United's best player. Under a lot pressure to play well tonight but has taken his chance.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) November 24, 2016
Manchester United fans take in Henrikh Mkhitaryan's performance tonight ? pic.twitter.com/fjpRakEyKw
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) November 24, 2016
Mkhitaryan has been outstanding in this game, it would be nice to see him score, but his overall game has been amazing
— Shabaz (@DeadIyJuan) November 24, 2016
Solid United performance. Can tell the attacking players enjoyed combining with Mkhitaryan. Brought them to a higher level.
— RG⁶ (@registability) November 24, 2016
Rooney, Mata and Mkhitaryan have been crazy tonight.
— Moe. (@NoLaughingMata) November 24, 2016
The debate is over: Henrikh Mkhitaryan should start every game for #mufc
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) November 24, 2016
Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks so positive, brings that little bit extra to our attack? #MUFC
— United Report (@ManUtdReport_) November 24, 2016
Hello Henrikh Mkhitaryan, we've been expecting you... Finally getting his chance and taking it. #MUFC
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) November 24, 2016
We've found the key, Henrikh Mkhitaryan. #mufc
— Mánc (@MUFCWRITER) November 24, 2016
Been extremely impressed Mkhitaryan. Thought he's been the highlight tonight and deserves to start against West Ham. #mufc
— Serge Adam ⚽️?⚫️⚪️ (@SergeMUFC) November 24, 2016
Mkhitaryan is class. Pure, unadulterated class...
So, Lingard will start on Sunday #MUFC
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) November 24, 2016
He needed a big one, and he delivered, now does he become a regular for Jose Morinho? We'll have to wait and see.