Henrikh Mkhitaryan has labelled his move to Manchester United as a dream come true.
The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder left the German club after making it clear he would not extend his contract and Jose Mourinho swooped to sign one of Europe’s most prolific playmakers.
Speaking after his move to ManUtd.com, Mkhitaryan paid homage to his father’s memory and how it inspired him in his career.
He said: “I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time.
“I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me. Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honours my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young.”
Mkhitaryan’s father Hamlet played over 300 games in the 1980s and 1990s for various clubs in Eastern Europe and it’s clear he was somebody who inspired Henrikh to be the player he is today.
One asset of Mkhitaryan’s game is his industrious style; he’s a workhorse, somebody who will chase the ball down out of possession and work his socks off for his team. In that regard, he is the perfect signing for Jose Mourinho and the specialist player he would have wanted at right-wing.
Next season was always going to be exciting for United but the addition of Mkhitaryan really takes it up another notch.