Manchester United winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan has well and truly made his mark on the first team after a series of scintillating performances led to him firmly establishing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.
He was signed by José Mourinho from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window of 2016 as the Portuguese boss looked to bolster his squad in his first season at the helm of Old Trafford, after the ill-fated reigns of former managers David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.
United knew they were getting a player with immense capability after he was named player of the season for his former club in the Bundesliga in the 2015-16 season.
He was an integral part of the first team squad at Dortmund and his efforts were fully recognised when he won this particular award.
The Armenian international previously starred for Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, where he was able to catch the eye of former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp. His career went from strength to strength and eventually this led to him being brought to Old Trafford.
Slow start that he has strongly recovered from
A slow start to last season however led to him being publicly criticised by Mourinho, and a shocking performance against Manchester City as well as having time out through injury didn’t do much to help his case.
However, the criticism appeared to have worked wonders after he bounced back to prove himself worthy of a starting berth.
This season he continues to feature heavily for United in the league, providing several assists in United’s attack, as well as finding the net in United’s win against Everton, reminding United boss Mourinho exactly why he signed him.
Mkhitaryan has undoubtedly proven that he is an asset to Manchester United, having shrugged off any past criticisms at the hands of Jose Mourinho.
The Armenian playmaker looks set to continue his excellent run, as United look to continue their fine start to the season, and make their mark on the European stage once more upon their return to the Champions League.
Written by Cristian Fry
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