Over the summer, Manchester United made the move to bring in Armenian international, and Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The 27-year-old came to the Theatre of Dreams with great promise, but sadly, he didn’t really deliver in the early going.
However, over the last week or so, Mkhitaryan has made a real mark on the first-team, culminating in two Man of the Match performances in two starts. His all-round play in those matches has been an absolute joy to watch and we’re finally seeing the player we hoped we would.
Today, he sat down with the Players’ Tribune and had a chat with them, and opened up about his transfer to Old Trafford.
“When your dreams are close to coming true, it does not feel real at first,” Our star Armenian is quoted as saying by the Players’ Tribune.
“A few days later, Manchester United’s interest was confirmed when I got a call from Ed Woodward, their executive director. He told me that the club was indeed interested in me. You can imagine how excited I was by that possibility!” He continued.
“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.”
“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.”
This is a player who has an awful lot to offer Manchester United. He has pace, trickery, a real eye for a pass and will also chip in with a few goals. There were obvious concerns about whether he’d succeed here, but now he’s finding his feet we could be in for a real treat.
It will still take time before we see him find his absolute best form, but that’s just normal. At the end of the day, moving to an entirely different country in new surroundings is never easy – particularly when you have so much pressure on your shoulders to perform straight away.
Long may his form continue, and who knows, he could well be a major part in us shooting up the table over the hectic winter period.