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Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up on his Man United experiences

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mkhitaryan has taken time to adapt to life at Manchester United
Mkhitaryan has taken time to adapt to life at Manchester United

Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists he has no regrets about joining Manchester United last summer, even though he has endured a troubled start to life at Old Trafford.

United manager Jose Mourinho has not given the midfielder he signed from Borussia Dortmund a Premier League start since September 10th, but he has hinted that the Armenian is getting closer to a recall after his sparkling display against West Ham in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

Now Mkhitaryan has offered up a fascinating column to The Players Tribune, as he gave an insight into his road to the top of the game and in particular, his experiences under Mourinho at United.

“Last summer, my agent called me and said that Manchester United was interested in signing me. It took me by surprise,” he wrote. “I said; ‘Is it real? Or is it just speculation?’

“When your dreams are close to coming true, it does not feel real at first. 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.

“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.”

Mkhitaryan insisted he has the strength to cope with the setbacks he has suffered at United, as he spoke about his desire to prove his worth to Mourinho and the Old Trafford faithful.

“At the beginning of this season at United, I suffered an injury and have not had many chances to play. It would be fair to say that the start of my life in Manchester was not perfect, but there have been many other times when I’ve had setbacks, and I have never given up,” he added.

"I will continue working every day so that I can help the team succeed.

“If you asked my mom and my sisters about me, they would say that I am quite “hard.” I can be very serious, but if I’m being honest, I’m very happy with the way my life has turned out. It was always my dream to play for the biggest clubs in the world.

“When you walk onto the pitch at Old Trafford, it is not just a pitch, it is a stage. If my father could see me on that stage, I think he would be very proud. I was always kind of chasing him, and I think even though he’s not here, he helped me to get to this place.”