EPL 2016-17: Henrikh Mkhitaryan's move to Manchester United was strange, admits Dortmund CEO
£27 million Manchester United summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund, in an unexpected move, considering the fantastic season he had at Dortmund that saw him voted the players player of the year in the Bundesliga.
Statements made by Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently described the move as ‘weird’ – since the Armenian adapted to the league and club in Germany just last season after he was bought by Klopp to the club in 2013 – speaking in an interview with Kicker.
Dortmund CEO Watzke was also quick to squash claims of the club’s plans in resigning the Armenian, just as they did with Kagawa, as the Japanese star was lured back to Dortmund after failing to maintain a consistent starting place at United. Mkhitaryan has just made just one league start in the defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford and three appearances off the bench before sustaining a muscle strain that has kept him out of action for a couple of weeks for United.
Mourinho in his pre-game presser before the Liverpool game said the Armenian was back in training, however, didn’t make the gameday squad for the short trip down the M62 in the goalless draw at Anfield on Monday.
The Portuguese manager’s man-management of Mkhitaryan has been interesting as he is slowly bringing the Armenian up to speed with the pace and intensity of English football, leaving fans across the world curious to see if the first Armenian player for United can make an impression for them.
An incredibly intelligent footballer, the Armenian playmaker, Mkhitaryan has a change of pace that has defenders crawling back to keep up with him and a deadly pass in the final third that can split defences. The Old Trafford faithful are eagerly waiting to witness the tricks and skills from the nifty Armenian and to see what he has in store for opposition defences on his full return from injury.
CEO of Dortmund in the interview with Kicker also claiming the return of the former star is next to impossible, as it was the player who requested the move way from Dortmund, and no external factor played a part in Mkhitaryan making that decision. Watzke also branded the player’s representative Mino Raiola as a ‘brute’ who just facilitated the transfer to United.
United's next game is at home to Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday with the United faithful hoping to catch a glimpse of the Armenian star in action.