EPL: Scorpion kick was instinctive, claims Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Updated: Dec 29, 2016, 14:23 IST | AFP |

Henrikh Mkhitaryan said his spectacular 'scorpion kick' volley in Manchester United's 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Monday had been a matter of instinct taking over


Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (left) scores an acrobatic goal against Sunderland on Monday. pic/Getty Images

Manchester: Henrikh Mkhitaryan said his spectacular 'scorpion kick' volley in Manchester United's 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Monday had been a matter of instinct taking over.

The Armenian playmaker sealed victory at Old Trafford by diving beneath Zlatan Ibrahimovic's right-wing cross and flicking the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with his right heel. The goal, reminiscent of former Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita's famous 'scorpion kick' save against England in 1995, was allowed to stand despite an apparent offside.

"I was expecting the ball in front of me, but I was already in front, so I got it behind me," Mkhitaryan said. "So the only thing I could do, it was a chance to hit it with the back-heel. I did it and I succeeded."

Manager Jose Mourinho was delighted to see Mkhitaryan back in action after missing out due to injury. "He has scored beautiful goals all his career," said Mourinho.

"In this moment, (there are) goals, but also the defensive work and also creativity. And I'm so happy he came back after this injury and came back with the feeling that the people at Old Trafford love him" Mourinho added.

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