Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I want to create history at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expressed a desire to create history at Manchester United after picking up the Armenian Player of the Year award.

The 27-year-old was awarded with his seventh Armenian Player of the Year award earlier this week.

2016 has indeed been a sensational year for Mkhitaryan, who picked up the Bundesliga Player of the Season award in May before earning a move to Man United in July.

Mkhitaryan displayed his gratitude for the award via social media and expressed his ambition to further prove himself under Jose Mourinho.


In 2002, a 13-year-old Mkhitaryan arrived in Sao Paolo to play football there for four months. And it was here, more than anywhere else, where the talent we admire today was forged.

He may be Armenia’s finest ever footballer, but if you ever watch Armenia play you’ll realise that Mkhitaryan is perhaps the furthest thing from an ‘Armenian midfielder’. He sometimes cuts an incongruous figure in the national side, slaloming past a couple of challenges, laying off a perfectly weighted pass to a teammate, who ultimately just boots it down the field, miles away from any teammate.

His presence at United, however, breathes life into Mourinho’s side. He may not be Brazilian, but he does possess that Brazilian quality of being able to change the mood of a game with one sensational piece of movement on the ball – something displayed on several occasions this season.

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