Mkhitaryan Reveals The Difference Between Mourinho And Klopp

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Manchester United summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has claimed that Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp are just like chalk and cheese.

Mkhitaryan has played under both Klopp and Mourinho, and insists the two are “both very friendly”.

The Armenian worked under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, and is now a regular starter for Manchester United under Mourinho.

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“They are both very friendly and very good at their jobs, but the way they work is different,” Mkhitaryan told Football Focus.

“It is the first year under Jose’s management and we are working very hard. He tells us what he wants to see. Of course, it is not very easy when you have a new manager.

“You have to adapt to him and the team, the training sessions and the games. At the beginning we had a little bit of difficulties but then we started winning in November.”

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The former Dortmund star also credits Klopp for his development as a footballer, saying: “I am thankful to Klopp. He worked on my personality and the psychological part.

“At Dortmund, I was very stressed after a few games when we were playing really bad. Klopp showed me the way. He supported me and told me I had to keep my head up because good things were coming. He helped me to become a player.”

Despite struggling initially after joining United, the 28-year-old has rediscovered his talent in recent weeks, notably striking the winning goal against top-six rivals Tottenham late last year.

Mkhitaryan has grabbed 15 appearances in the Premier League for Man United this term, scoring three goals along with one assist.

He also played from the start as Mourinho’s boys beat Watford 2-0 at home on Saturday.


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