Henrikh Mkhitaryan has spoken out about being sidelined at Manchester United, claiming he had work hard to get into the team under Jose Mourinho.
He won three trophies in his season at Old Trafford and also added a personal achievement when he found the goal of the season.
The Armenian didn’t get off to a great start at United, having only made one substitute appearance in over a two and a half months when he first joined the club and made a disappointing debut against Manchester City in September.
Speaking about his time out of action, Mkhitaryan claims he had the right mentality to fight for his place in the side.
“I had a good year. Not a bad year. I had a bit of difficulty at the beginning of the season but that’s part of football I was ready for that mentally and physically and I could survive that part and when I got my second chance I just seized the day,” he said.
“I had the opportunity to play more and more and to help the team win the games and to score more goals.
“Watching on the TV is a bit different because you don’t see the pace, the quickness of the game.
“When you’re in the game you don’t have too much time to think. But game by game I was trying to feel it and to adapt myself to the Premier League. It wasn’t easy but I think I did it well.”
He didn’t let his time on the sidelines keep him down as he came back to the squad in November against Feyenoord and was named Man of the Match, establishing his true potential for the first time.
Mkhitaryan scored 10 times for United and it’s clear that Mourinho made the right decision in his purchase, as he has so much potential to become a top player at United.