Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed he was waiting a long time for his first goal for Manchester United and says he got the weight off his shoulders after opening his account for the Red Devils in his side's 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League tie on 8 December.

The Armenian international made a switch to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund before the start of the 2016/17 season. He had a tough start to his life in the Premier League as he was left out of the squad until he made his comeback in November.

Mkhitaryan opened the account in the second half before Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled the lead later in the game in Ukraine. The Red Devils' latest victory has also helped them progress to the Round of 32 of Europe's second tier club competition.

The 27-year-old has already set his sights on scoring at Old Trafford and has a chance to achieve it when United host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League clash on 11 December.

"It can be [a weight off the shoulders] because I was waiting a long time for this goal and hoping that I score," Mkhitaryan told BT Sport, as quoted by Goal.com.

"But my next goal has to be at Old Trafford because I want to score at home. It is another pleasure to score at Old Trafford and I'll try do my best to do that."

Jose Mourinho saw his side struggle to create chances in the first half against Zorya. However, things were much better in the second half for the English side and Mkhitaryan thanked his captain Wayne Rooney for creating space, which helped him to score his first goal for United.

"The second half was better than the first where we played not so good. We couldn't find the right space or the last pass and [lacked] understanding with each other," he explained.

"But in the second half it was the opposite, we played very well, tried to improve ourselves and made the result. We created space for the wingers and the strikers.

"Wayne Rooney created space for me and I've scored the goal, then also the goal of Ibra – we had a lot of space up front. The most important thing is we won and we are going through."

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first goal for Manchester United in their Europa League win over Zorya Luhansk Getty