Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits he considered himself to be an automatic starter when he joined Manchester United but claims his slow start to the campaign is not Jose Mourinho‘s fault.
He was signed in a £26 million deal from Borussia Dortmund in the summer but struggled to make an immediate impact at Old Trafford.
After being taken off at half-time against Manchester City on September 10, he finally featured against Fenerbahce almost two months later.
Speaking about his start, Mkhitaryan insists he understands what he has to do and is giving it his all.
“There was no bad relation with him [Mourinho], it was always good but the problem wasn’t him, it was me,” he said.
“Now I understand why I have got my chance and I will keep it, I will hold it, because it is very important for me to play, to be a part of Manchester United.
“I was thinking that I would be here as a starting line-up player but when I arrived I saw that there were 25 players fighting for their place and I understood that it wasn’t going to be easy.
“I had a bad game against Manchester City but that is in the past so I kept working. I have done a great job to get my chance back and I think I did it a really long way until I start playing.
“The manager has a lot of choice, he has five or six players in that position but I know that playing now I know what I have done bad in the past and what good I can do in the future.
“So I know how I can help the team and I will be doing my best.”
He’s finally been given the right opportunities to showcase his talent and has already proven himself but will be looking to cement his place in the side.
Mourinho claimed he needed time to adapt to the intensity of England’s top flight and it’s great to see he’s finally ready to get back in action.