Ex-Armenia assistant coach Jones: What Man Utd fans can expect from Mkhitaryan

Former Armenia assistant coach Tom Jones has described Manchester United signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a “glider”.

The 27 year old is the kind of player all defenders hate to play against, according to his former international coach Tom Jones.

Jones first spotted the midfielder as a teenager appearing in Armenia’s Under-21s against their counterparts from Liechtenstein back in 2006.

“He is one of them – a glider,” said Jones 

 “When he’s got the ball at his feet, he just runs at people and simply creates so many problems for defenders because his first thought is to get at them.” 

“People don’t like that, of course, and, when they start coming and stepping out, he is sliding balls in between them. He is very clever like that – he could make a goal and score a goal.”

“I always liked him to play just behind the front two. If you play two up top there, he was the one who could join in. That’s why he’s scored goals and why I said the boy can make a goal and score a goal.”

“He’s got both sides of the game in him and that’s because he is fearless. He gets at people, runs at people and defenders hate that.”

“They can’t touch him and it’s what he did very well. I also watched him play for Pyunik a few times, in different games when I was out there. But even when you see him in training, he’s an unbelievable talent.”

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