Henrikh Mkhitaryan put in a great performance against Feyenoord in Manchester United’s 4-0 win on Thursday night, having been given his first start since the Manchester derby in September.

Jose Mourinho has claimed Mkhitaryan’s performance came as no surprise to him and has set the Armenian with the challenge of replicating that form in the Premier League.

He just needs now to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League. The Premier League is different – he needs one more step. Obviously now confidence levels are higher. This performance gives him the right to believe that he can play the next match again and he needs to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League with more physicality and more aggression.

He needs a little bit more of that but the quality – we know why we bought him, we know we were buying a player with a high level of technical quality. [He is] very intelligent and very bright, the way he reads the game, so good for him because the performance was good.

Mkhitaryan has revealed that he has found his time at United difficult before now but is hoping that this will be a new start for him now.

It was a pleasure to play again and start the game. I try to do my best and it’s a very good result. It has been difficult to watch the team from the sidelines but you have to have passion and work hard. I hope it is a new start for me.