“But this season is different because I started playing well and the connection and understanding with other players, especially [Romelu] Lukaku, is great and I hope we can score many goals in the coming games”.
“Maybe because of that I could give more assists in the last 15 minutes”.
In fact, the Red Devils have a total of 196 hours respite between Champions League away games and their next Premier League fixture.
United sit top of Group A after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Basel in their opening match.
Mkhitaryan told today’s press conference: “Of course everyone knows he is very demanding and what he says is right and he didn’t say exact names but if we have done something bad”.
However, Mourinho was keen to emphasise Mkhitaryan is not a guaranteed starter at Arena CSKA.
“It is clear that over time, I want all our players to play as much as possible, at as high a level as possible“. But we’ll see, he has played some matches.
“I try to stay focused as at the end the opponent gets exhausted and you have to use that as a chance to cause them trouble”.
“But Champions League games are very different to Russian league games and I expect them to play differently tomorrow”.
Revealing the atmosphere of the competitive training regimes Jose Mourninho is putting him through, Mkhitaryan said he is working very hard and has started the season well with good results.
Each of United’s European away assignments are on Wednesday nights, starting with the match against CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital, and followed by 3pm Saturday kick-offs.