Henrikh Mkhitaryan has explained why he joined Manchester United and opened up about how he feels the move has gone so far in a candid and honest interview with the Armenian FA.
To say it hasn’t gone to plan so far for Mkhitaryan is an understatement because he’s yet to complete a full 90 minutes for Man United and has largely been out of action through injury or Jose Mourinho’s decision to not involve him.
We signed Mkhitaryan after a prolific season at Borussia Dortmund but we’re yet to see that midfielder who tore up the Bundesliga. However, he’s remaining very positive about it all and is convinced he’ll come good in time, here are a few questions from Mkhitaryan.
What were factors that you made you decide to move to Manchester? English football, the club, the coach, the salary?
I had three very successful years in Germany with Borussia Dortmund but I had the opportunity to move to one of the biggest clubs in the highest profile league in the world. I was always taught by my father to challenge myself and to continue to evolve in my career and I saw the move to Manchester United as an opportunity to grow as a player and as a person. It was definitely not the salary that made me join Manchester United, I went for football reasons. For the history of the club, the league, the fans and the coach because he is one of the best in the world.
Have you had any difficulties to settle in England, do you like life there?
There is not much sun… but I didn’t move to Manchester to go to the beach (smiles). 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.
What does English football mean for you? Did you imagine the English supporter as you see him now?
They simply live football, they love their players and always support the team, regardless if they win or loose. This makes you more hungry to play for them. The English PL is the best league in the world and it gives me something different, a new challenge. I think I can become stronger by playing there.
Are there any psychological barriers to overcome when you haven’t established yet your self in the starting line-up? Are there any disappointments?
– 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.