It has taken a while, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan appears to be finally settling into life at Manchester United.
An impressive outing against Feyenoord last week, followed by two assists and a man of the match display against West Ham in the EFL Cup last night mean the 27-year-old is breaking free from his forgotten man status.
Being left out of match day squads and having his future cast into doubt so early certainly wouldn't have been the start to life at Old Trafford Mkhitaryan was expecting when he agreed to join United. Especially when you consider how he reacted to the new back in the summer that the Premier League giants were interested.
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Writing in an in-depth piece for The Players' Tribune, Mkhitaryan opened up about his early life and football career before joining United.
In doing so, he also revealed the genuine excitement and shock he felt when his agent told him about the chance to join the Red Devils.
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"Last summer, my agent called me and said that Manchester United was interested in signing me. It took me by surprise," he wrote.
"I said, “Is it real? Or is it just speculation?”
"When your dreams are close to coming true, it does not feel real at first."
That excitement only increased when, a few days after the call from his agent, Mkhitaryan received another call - this time from United chief executive, Ed Woodward.
"He told me that the club was indeed interested in me. You can imagine how excited I was by that possibility!
"...When the deal was done and dusted, I sat down to sign the contract with United and that’s when it hit me.
"...That’s when I realized that this big move to the Premier League was really happening."
It really does sound like the Armenia star is living the dream having sealed the switch to United. He even admitted the feeling of pure pride he had when pulling on the team's training top for the first time.
"It made me feel so happy and proud about what I had achieved in my career."
His subsequent struggles to adapt to the Premier League's intensity, as well as an injury sustained of international duty, must have come as a bit of a shock to the system then.
Regularly being overlooked by Jose Mourinho must have dampened his excitement just a little bit.
However, judging by his performances on the pitch over the past week or so, the former Dortmund midfielder hasn't let his struggles put him off his game.
Now that he has showcased his skills in back to back appearances, he will be hoping that this is just the start of a long and successful career at Old Trafford.