Mkhitaryan or Barkley: Why United Were Right to Pursue the Dortmund Star

All the indications are that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will join Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund this week, but that is unlikely to signal an end to Jose Mourinho’s search for creative talent.

In fact, it is thought that Everton’s Ross Barkley remains on the Old Trafford club’s shopping list, irrespective of whether or not they bring in the Armenia international.


Why Barkley?

Still just 22 years of age, the talented playmaker is currently with the England national side at Euro 2016.

Although the Toffees didn’t enjoy a brilliant campaign, Barkley still managed to weigh in with eight goals and eight assists in the Premier League:

It would be fair to say that Mkhitaryan performed even better in the Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals and setting up another 15, but he was playing for a great side.

Another reason for spending big on Barkley is that he is still some way off reaching his full potential, though he already boasts over 100 top-flight appearances in his career.


Mkhitaryan or Barkley?

Both are incredibly talented individuals, who have the world on their feet and who haven’t yet hit their prime. Either would be a very fine addition to a United squad in desperate need of creativity to aid their attacking talent such as Rashford and Martial.

United have seemingly made up their mind, with a reported deal agreed for the Dortmund star.

I believe, along with many others I think, that Mourinho and the Red Devils have made the right choice. Mkhitaryan simply had a phenomenal campaign last season, which has turned him into one of the hottest in his position in Europe in my book.

While on the other hand, the England international started his season well, but dovetailed along with the rest of Everton teammates in a very disappointing season overall for the now-sacked Martinez and his men.

With United eyeing a return to the Champions League and a commendable run in the Europa League, Mkhitaryan seems to be the right man to help inject that bit of creativity and another dimension to the Red Devils’ attack.

He not only has the form, but also the experience on the continental arena — something which Barkley lacks — which gives him the edge over the Everton star and solidifies the wisdom of United and Mourinho’s decision to go all out for the Dortmund playmaker.


Written by the folks at Kickoff

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