Red Devils in no rush de­spite flurry of goals

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

HEN­RIKH MKHI­TARYAN in­sists Manch­ester United are not get­ting car­ried away by their goal­filled start to the Pre­mier League sea­son.

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

But Mkhi­taryan promised United were not get­ting ahead of them­selves, say­ing: “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 af­ter mak­ing re­spec­tive moves from 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,” said Mkhi­taryan.

“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.”

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