Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been reflecting on his new life in Manchester, noting that he is beginning to enjoy what the city has to offer.
The Armenian endured a difficult start to life under Jose Mourinho, failing to breach the starting XI for over two months.
However Mkhitaryan, since dazzling supporters during a 4-0 win over Feyenoord in late November, has produced a series of mesmerising performances.
He has, by the sounds of things, also started to enjoy life off the pitch as well: speaking to Carling competition winners after he received his Goal of the Month award for December, Mkhitaryan noted that he had found a slice of home at the Armenian Taverna – near Arndale – in recent months.
“Yeah, I have been there and I’ve been quite a lot,” he said.
“He said he didn’t really know much about the city itself before he came here,” competition winner Paul told the M.E.N.
“But he is starting to really like it, enjoys going out and says there’s lots to explore and see here.
The 27-year-old, when asked about whether he was a aware of his chant, admitted that he sometimes sings along as well.
“Yeah, I’ve heard the song and I’m thankful to them that they create a song about me. Sometimes I do sing, yes. Sometimes it brings me pleasure as well.”
I actually went to the Armenian Taverna once: the atmosphere was slightly eerie (there weren’t many people there at the time, and the place echoed with traditional Armenian music being played at an unnecessarily high volume), but the food was great. If you fancy going, I’d recommend the ‘Kash Kash’. Either that or just head to the McDonalds around the corner. Your choice.
On a more related note, it is indeed promising to see Mkhitaryan – an evidently unhappy figure during the opening few months of his time at Old Trafford – has started to ease into life both on and off the pitch, and supporters will hope to see more episodes of the 27-year-old raw brilliance in the coming months.