Ibrahimovic: This is the season of Mkhitaryan

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The Manchester United striker, who has now rejoined the club, is expecting big things from the Armenian following his explosive start to the season

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hailed Henrikh Mkhitaryan and believes he is set to make a big impact at Manchester United in the 2017-18 campaign.

The 35-year-old completed a return to Old Trafford on August 24, less than two months after it was announced that he was released after not having been offered a new contract by the club.

Mkhitaryan 5/4 to score anytime Saturday

And when discussing his thoughts for the new season, Ibrahimovic identified Mkhitaryan as having a key role to play, insisting that he expects him to get the credit he deserves this year.

The Swede told ESPN: "I think this season will be the season of Mkhitaryan.

"Last season he struggled a little bit in the beginning, then he came up when he started to play and this season he has opened the season fantastic.

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"People underestimate him because he doesn't have the name like the other ones in the world, it could be because he comes from a small country like he comes from but this year he will get the credit he deserves and the quality that he is. My bet is on Mkhitaryan.

"If he doesn't provide me he will not play [laughs]. I'm joking!"

Mkhitaryan already has four assists to his name at the start of the Premier League season having played a starring role against both West Ham and Swansea City.

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