Life has been difficult so far for the Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan in his maiden Premier League campaign since a £26m move to Manchester United from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.
The 27-year old attacking midfielder came with great reputation scoring 19 goals and assisting 24 times in all competitions during previous campaign. However, he has failed to live up to the hype and expectation having started only once for the Premier League giants. Jose Mourinho, the new Manchester United boss, clearly stated his discontent with Mkhitaryan’s fitness in a past interview:
“Some players find it very easy whereas others need more time. They need time to feel the intensity, the aggression, the game without the ball and the competitiveness. Micki needs time to become the top player he knows he can be.”
In a recent interview with Armenian FA, the attacker has opened up about his situation in new surroundings. Despite being outcast by Mourinho, Mkhitaryan is still hopeful of turning things around. He is optimistic about his future and has vowed to work hard in order to earn his place in the team:
“Regarding Jose Mourinho, I hope I can learn a lot from him. He is a coach with a fantastic record. There are no disappointments, just challenges.
“I never stop or give up when I encounter obstacles in my way. I just continue going until I reach my career objectives. Today I don’t have enough playing time, so I have to do all my best so the coaching staff gives me the chance to play.
“I know I can succeed at Manchester United and I want to show everyone that I deserve to be a key player in this team, in this league.
“There is not much sun but I didn’t move to Manchester to go to the beach! It has been relatively simple to adapt to the city because people are so friendly to me. It’s a dynamic city and one I like to live in. I am only missing playing time but it will come for sure. I keep working hard and this will pay off.
The winger also revealed how it was different in Manchester United, “It was a little hard in the beginning because of the different lifestyle compared to Ukraine and the language barrier.
“But after a first year in the country I could feel very comfortable and I am very proud of having played for Borussia Dortmund during my career, it was a fantastic experience.”
Nevertheless, it can be said beyond doubt that the Bundesliga Players’ Player of the Season 2015-16 is ready to fight for his place and looking forward to add more firepower in Manchester United attack who have been unimpressive so far despite bringing on a high-profile manager in form of Mourinho as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba – the superstars of world football.
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