Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that he won’t be a guaranteed starter under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan left Borussia Dortmund to join Manchester United earlier this month, for a transfer fee of £26.3 million.
The Armenian international signed for the Red Devils after having played the best season of his career so far, wherein he managed to score 23 goals and bag 32 assists in all competitions for the German giants. His top drawer performances also won him the Bundesliga Player of the Season award.
However, despite making a big-money move to the Theatre of Dreams, and being a certified top player in European football, the 27-year-old has revealed that he will, by no means, be a guaranteed starter at United for the upcoming season.
Speaking to the Mirror, Mkhitaryan revealed: “It doesn’t matter if they buy me for £38m or £40m, I’m not guaranteed to play the games.
“So I’m trying to do my best during the training to earn this place to play and then we’ll see because I don’t think I’ll play every game. It depends on the tactical situation, on the opponent, but I’ll do everything to try and help the team.
“I never promise something, I always say that I will try — if you promise something and you don’t do it, you’ll always be under pressure. So that’s why I’m saying I’ll do my best and try to help United because for me this is a new challenge and I like difficulties.
“I like to win the difficulties, because when you win the difficulties it makes you stronger, so I’m trying to do everything to come up to a new level.”
But this claim made by the play-maker may be for naught, as Jose rates him very highly, and is aware of his versatility.
In an interview with MUTV earlier this month, the Portuguese tactician was quoted as saying: “Mkhitaryan is a top-class player and currently at the best stage for a footballer – 27/28 years old. He is magnificent the way he thinks about football, he thinks very quickly and it’s so sweet how he touches the ball. He can play in different positions behind the striker.”