Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up about his Man United exile
Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists he did not let his lack of playing time at Manchester United get him down earlier in the season
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has lifted the lid on how he managed to maintain a positive mindset during his difficult first few months at Manchester United.
The Armenia international joined the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund as one of Jose Mourinho’s four summer signings last year.
However, the playmaker struggled for both form and fitness in the opening weeks of the season as he struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Red Devils first team.
Mkhitaryan has since started to prove his worth for Mourinho’s men and has been in fine form in recent weeks after working his way into the starting line-up at Old Trafford.
And the midfielder has insisted that he never let his poor form get him down following his big-money summer move to the Premier League last year.
“Well, our life is worthless without difficulties,” Mkhitaryan is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
“Every person must be able to handle difficulties, and the same concerns me.
“But it was not difficult for me to overcome these difficulties as I knew that sooner or later I would get my chance and I would use that.
“Yes, there are cases when a person faces much tougher problems, but he or she must be ready to face them. I just waited for my chance.
“I worked and I worked hard, waiting for my chance, got it and used that.
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“I am not focusing on whether I am a key player for Manchester United or not, I am just trying to do my best to help the team and be part of the team.”
Mkhitaryan will be hoping to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils take on West Brom at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils are currently fifth in the table as they chase a top-four finish in Mourinho’s first season in charge.