However, unlike the Chilean’s case, the departure of the former Dortmund superstar is hardly understandable, and some fans have questioned the United boss’ thought process throughout the saga.
But much like most of Jose Mourinho’s seemingly ridiculous looking decisions, this one too, has a very justifiable explanation.
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According to The Times, the Portuguese boss believed Mkhitaryan ‘could not handle the pressure or physical toll of playing for Manchester United.’
Unexpected was the fall of the Armenian in United pecking order after having a near-perfect second half of his debut season, followed by an incredible start to his second.
But a series of questionable performances saw the forward replaced by Jesse Lingard, who according to Mourinho, is more of a ‘robust’ option.
Ironically, Sanchez has also displayed very similar performances towards the latter stages of his career at Arsenal, almost undoubtedly showing hints of distractions and dissatisfaction at the Emirates.
And that, coupled with the Armenian international heading to a club that almost perfectly suits his style of play, it is very, very hard to declare which side got hold of the better deal.
Nevertheless, Arséne Wenger is admittedly disappointed with his main-man’s departure, but is also satisfied with what he has made of an out-of-favour situation, whereas the former Real Madrid boss will be delighted at the sheer talent that will be added to his already stunning roster.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.