Pundit: The real reason Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled at Man United

Danny Mills gives his take on Henrikh Mkhitaryan's start to life at Manchester United this season

Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled to adapt to psychologically to the demands of his transfer to Manchester United last summer, according to Danny Mills.

The Armenia international was one of four new signings at Old Trafford last season as Jose Mourinho moved to bring the playmaker to the Red Devils ahead of his first campaign in charge.

Mkhitaryan initially struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Manchester United first team as his mixed performances failed to impress Red Devils fans.

However, the playmaker has found his feet in recent weeks and has been named man of the match on a number of occasions to help Mourinho’s men get their Premier League top-four bid back on track.

And former defender Mills feels that Mkhitaryan may have struggled to adapt to the rigours of English football because of the big demands of moving to such a famous club.

Speaking to BBC Sport’s Football Focus, Mills said: “They bought him because of that quality.

“Eighty two goals involved in – scored and assists – in 140 games is phenomenal, it’s outstanding.

“But some players take a bit of time when they move countries and club.

“Manchester United is still one of the biggest clubs in the world, mentally could he meet that challenge? That’s what Sir Alex Ferguson used to always say.

“It’s not about the ability you have to play for Manchester United, it’s can you handle the mental side of the game?

“Does Mourinho deliberately test people? When you look at Juan Mata, Luke Shaw. Does he try to test their resolve?”

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