By Will Butcher
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed he has no regrets about joining Manchester United despite a difficult start to life at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old was frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho after moving to Manchester from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, but has since reignited his career in a red shirt.
Writing in a column on The Players’ Tribune, Mkhitaryan described his start to life at United as far from perfect but is now living the dream after two man-of-the-match performances.
“It would be fair to say that the start of my life in Manchester was not perfect,” Mkhitaryan revealed. “But there have been many other times when I’ve had setbacks, and I have never given up.
“I’m very happy with the way my life has turned out. It was always my dream to play for the biggest clubs in the world.
“I knew it would be a challenge to leave a good situation at Dortmund and succeed at United, but I did not want to sit in my chair as an old man and have any regrets. I was ready to move.”
Armenia international Mkhitaryan has been given a chance in recent games under Mourinho, starting against Dutch giants Feyenoord in the Europa League before starring against West Ham on Wednesday night.
In both matches, the £26million summer signing was the best player on the pitch as he terrorised the opponents’ defence with a mix of pace and coruscating skill that dumbfounded his opponents.
Most recently, Mkhitaryan was on hand to provide two assists for United, as Mourinho watched from the stands to see his side trounce the Hammers by four goals to one.
With a trip to Merseyside outfit Everton on Sunday, Mkhitaryan could be given just his second Premier League start as he looks to continue to work his way back into Mourinho’s first-team plans.
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