Henrikh Mkhitaryan has opened about how he’s settled into life at Manchester United since his £26m arrival from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window.
He initially struggled to make it into the first-team, failing to cope with the intensity of the Premier League and had to work hard from the sidelines before he earned his place back in the starting XI.
However, he’s started Man United’s last five Premier League games and has moved on swiftly from earlier in the campaign where he was substituted at half-time of Man United’s 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City in September and did not start a league game until December 4.
Speaking about his situation, Mkhitaryan claims working hard through the difficult times is very important.
“I really enjoy my life in Manchester, my training, my games, everything,” Mkhitaryan said. “I have settled very well and I’m working very hard to get better because I know I can do more.
“Coming to Manchester, maybe I didn’t show all my potential but in every game I’m trying to do my best because it’s very important for me, the fans and the club. Maybe in some games it doesn’t work, but I still keep working and trying to improve.
“You cannot always have good times in your life. Sometimes you have black days and maybe I wasn’t expecting that but I was ready because I had such a situation in Dortmund already.
“Everything comes from your mind. You have to push yourself to get things going in your direction. If you are stubborn, nothing will help. If you are sad, nothing will help. You have to keep positive and to work very well for your next chance.
“The players are very friendly and you can settle very quickly here because everyone tries to help you. The club tries to find solutions if you have any problems so I think coming here after just one or two months I already felt I was part of Manchester.”
It was a tough start for Mkhitaryan, but he’s proven that he’s got plenty to offer and Mourinho deserves credit for the way that he managed the Armenian’s talents.
Fans were left frustrated with his exclusion from the matchday squads, but Mourinho knew he wasn’t ready and waited for the right opportunity to re-introduce Mkhitaryan to the first-team, and it worked.