Henrikh Mkhitaryan vows to battle for his Manchester United place, in spite of critical remarks from manager Jose Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan moved to Old Trafford in a £26.3million fee from Borussia Dortmund in the summer this year, but the Armenian has just started one game for them till now.
He made his first appearance in 54 days when he was called from the bench during the second half of the 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce a week ago in Europa league tie, only to be criticized that he should work more to win a regular place in the first team.
“He has to do more. It’s as simple as that. We have big expectations. We have lots of players for that position,” the Portuguese boss said while talking about the Armenian at the Press conference.
It has been a disappointing couple of months for the player but the 27-year-old has pledged to do whatever he can do to win over boss Jose Mourinho.
“It is true that I get little time on the field, but I am not going to give in,” the Armenian told reporters after being selected as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in Armenia.
“I went a long way to play in Manchester United, so nothing will prevent me from achieving my dream.
“I will not retreat, I will find the strength to reach my goal.”
The Armenian was directly involved in 55 goals for Borussia Dortmund, scoring 23 and assisting 32 in last year but he’s found game time hard to come by at Old Trafford. His first start in the Manchester derby went piss poor when he was hauled off at half-time. After that, he suffered an injury and has not recovered his place in the starting XI permanently till now.
Mkhitaryan is one of a few players under the spotlight. Mourinho has centered his rage on mentalities inside the United dressing room also with Luke shaw and Chris Smalling.
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