Mkhitaryan: We won’t play for a draw

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists the team will be targeting a win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Red Devils only require a draw against the Ukrainian outfit to qualify for the Europa League's last 32, but Mkhitaryan is eager to claim victory.

"We are not going to play for a draw," he told MUTV. "It would be good to win before the game against Tottenham – good for our mentality, good for the atmosphere in the dressing room. We will try to win and be ready for the next game as well.

"But it's not going to be easy. Our opponent defends very well and plays with counter-attacks. The quality of the pitch might also have a role. We have to be ready for all kinds of situations and fight until the end."

After a slow start to his United career, the Armenian has now found his feet at the club, earning two Man of the Match awards at Old Trafford, to the delight of the supporters.

"I'm thankful to the United supporters," the 27-year-old added. "I have felt their support and I can only pay them back by playing good, scoring goals and assisting."