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Man Utd outcast Mkhitaryan credits Liverpool boss Klopp for 'psychological' strength

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Mkhitaryan is expected to feature at Old Trafford tonight
Mkhitaryan is expected to feature at Old Trafford tonight

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has given some insight into the workings of past and present coaches as he looks to assert himself at Old Trafford.

So much was expected of the 27-year-old after United forked out £26.3million to sign the outstanding Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder.

However, Mkhitaryan has found playing time restricted since his big-money move, with Jose Mourinho revealing at the weekend that the Armenia captain didn't play against Arsenal due to the scale of the occasion.

The midfielder recently vowed to prove his worth at Old Trafford, something reinforced by an interview conducted by the Football Federation of Armenia.

Asked about any difficulties he might have encountered since moving to England, Mkhitaryan responded: "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 Armenian attacker will feature in United's crunch Europa League clash at home to Feyenoord this evening, though whether he starts the game or begins from the bench remains to be seen.

Quizzed on each of the coaches he has encountered in a goal-laden career, the Armenian gave some insight into his relationship with Jurgen Klopp.

Mkhitaryan played under the now Liverpool boss for two seasons in the Bundesliga, and credits the German for enhancing the psychological side of his game.

"Jurgen Klopp, he trusted me and gave the chance to play in his team, he made me one of his key men and he worked a lot on my psychological part."

Under the stewardship of Thomas Tuchel in the 2015/16 season, the United man picked up the Bundesliga Players' Player of the Year award after contributing 11 goals and 15 assists in a season where Dortmund finished second to European giants Bayern Munich. 

"Thomas Tuchel, he opened all the abilities in me, he gave me full confidence and things were flowing naturally, it was a feeling like I was "flying in the air" so free I was in my movements…"

Neither trust nor freedom seem to be things Mkhitaryan has been provided with by Mourinho at Old Trafford so far, though the former Shakhtar Donetsk star is hopeful that the future holds promise for himself and his manager in Manchester:

"Regarding Jose Mourinho, I hope I can learn a lot from him as well. He is a coach with a fantastic record."

Mkhitaryan will be looking to prove his worth to the former Chelsea boss this evening as United look to move into second spot in Group A with a victory over their Dutch opponents.

Full interview available here