Henrikh Mkhitaryan knew he would struggle at Manchester United before he joined

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed he always knew it would be a struggle to succeed at Manchester United.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United poses with Manager Jose Mourinho after signing for the club at Aon Training Complex on July 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

The Armenia international has shone in recent games but initially struggled following his £27million summer move from Borussia Dortmund.

Manager Jose Mourinho suggested Mkhitaryan wasn’t ready for the rigours of the Premier League, however the Manchester United manager seems to be coming around following the forward’s recent eye-catching displays.

Speaking ahead of his man-of-the-match display against West Ham last night, Mkhitaryan opened up about how his move to Old Trafford transpired and that he knew it would be a challenge joining a club of Manchester United’s stature.

‘Manchester United’s interest was confirmed when I got a call from Ed Woodward, their executive director,’ he told The Players’ Tribune.

‘He told me that the club was indeed interested in me. You can imagine how excited I was by that possibility!

‘While my agent and the club were negotiating the transfer, I had time to consider my options. I knew it would be a challenge to leave a good situation at Dortmund and succeed at United, but I did not want to sit in my chair as an old man and have any regrets. I was ready to move.’

Mkhitaryan has now made three starts for Manchester United, including two of the last three games. His performances will have given Mourinho a major decision to make before United’s game with Everton this weekend. But whether he starts or not, it’s clear Mkhitaryan is delighted to be where he is.

‘When the deal was done and dusted, I sat down to sign the contract with United and that’s when it hit me … that’s when I realised that this big move to the Premier League was really happening.

‘I will never forget that moment, nor will I forget the time I put on the red Manchester United shirt before my first training session with the club. It made me feel so happy and proud about what I had achieved in my career.’


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