Following his £26 million move to Manchester United this summer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was expected to take his game to the next level.
The Armenian had scored 23 goals last season for Borussia Dortmund but decided to leave the Bundesliga giants to join United - despite their absence of Champions League football.
However, things haven’t really gone too well for the 27-year-old.
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Mkhitaryan has started just one Premier League match since his arrival - in the Manchester derby where he was hauled off at half-time.
Following that defeat to their city rivals, he’s struggled to even make United’s match-day squad with Jose Mourinho clearly unimpressed with him.
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After his disappointing start to life at Old Trafford, many people have questioned his decision to move in the first place. Not too many players move from a Champions League side to a club without a place in Europe’s elite competition, but Mkhitaryan did.
It led to many claiming that he only joined the Red Devils for money - something he strongly denies. Instead, he’s identified the four main reasons he signed for Mourinho’s side.
"It was definitely not the salary that made me join Manchester United, I went for football reasons," Mkhitaryan said in an interview with the Armenian FA, per Goal.
"For the history of the club, the league, the fans and the coach because he is one of the best in the world.
"I was always taught by my father to challenge myself and to continue to evolve in my career and I saw the move to Manchester United as an opportunity to grow as a player and as a person.
"I had three very successful years in Germany with Borussia Dortmund but I had the opportunity to move to one of the biggest clubs in the highest profile league in the world.”
Earlier this month, following their 2-1 loss against Fenerbahce, Mourinho admitted that Mkhitaryan must improve if he wants to make a career for himself at the club.
"He has to do more, it's as simple as that," said Mourinho.
"We have big expectations at this club, lots of players for these positions, and he has to play better than [Juan] Mata, [Jesse] Lingard, [Anthony] Martial - he has to play better than them. It's as simple as that.
"Every manager wants to win matches, every manager in the world wants to play the players that he thinks can help the team more, and I'm no different."
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