Tottenham legend: This is what I thought when Man United signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Garth Crook admits he has been surprised by Henrikh Mkhitaryan's slow start to life at
Garth Crooks says he was surprised by Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s slow start to life as a Manchester United player.
The Armenia international struggled to make an impact in the opening months of his Old Trafford career after the playmaker moved to Manchester United in a £30m deal from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window.
Mkhitaryan made a couple of substitute appearances at the start of the 2016-17 season before the Red Devils signing struggled on his first Premier League start in Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the derby in September.
However, the 27-year-old attacking midfielder has come into his own in recent weeks after the former Shakthar Donetsk midfielder impressed against Feyenoord and West Ham United in the Europa League and the League Cup.
Mkhitaryan scored his first Manchester United goal in their 2-0 win against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday night before the Armenian playmaker netted a first-half winner in a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Writing in his BBC Sport column, Crooks said of Mkhitaryan’s performance:
“I was as surprised as anyone to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan find it so difficult to get into this Manchester United side. I had observed his talents when he was at Borussia Dortmund and thought ‘what an excellent signing’,” Crooks said.
“His performance in the opening game of the season proved again that the Premier League is no stroll in the park, and the player paid the price for not starting well.
“However, this week has proved a great success for the Armenia international. His goal and performance in the Europa League demonstrated what he is capable of and against Spurs he looked even more impressive.
“What a pity that such a poor tackle by Tottenham’s Danny Rose robbed the best player on the pitch from finishing a match he seem to control from the start.”