Manchester United look set to complete the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian international, who will join Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels in being the latest high-profile departure from the Signal Induna Park, will become Jose Mourinho’s second summer signing after the capture of Eric Bailly last month.
And GiveMeSport will now give three reasons as to why Mkhitaryan could be a big hit at Old Trafford.
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Not since the days Portuguese wingers Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani were at the club have United had wide men capable of hurting teams both in the Premier League and in European competition.
Even £60 million signing Angel di Maria could not bring the sparkle back to Old Trafford, with the Argentinean being sold to Paris Saint-Germain after struggling to find his best form under Louis van Gaal.
But Mkhitaryan has been one of the most consistent wingers in Europe over the last few years, with his form last term helping Thomas Tuchel’s men finish runners-up in both the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.
The 27-year-old scored an impressive 23 goals across all competitions last season in an attacking Dortmund side and established himself as an integral player alongside spearheads Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Mkhitaryan also weighed in with 32 assists and it is this obvious attacking threat that has prompted Mourinho to pursue him so vigorously this summer.
At every club he has managed over the years, Mourinho has always had speedy wide players capable of being an asset at both ends of the football pitch.
And Mkhitaryan could be no different, with the Armenian sublime going forward and also capable of tracking back – something Di Maria seemed to neglect during his one year under Van Gaal.
At Chelsea in his first spell he had Damian Duff and Arjen Robben, and in his second he had Eden Hazard and Willian, with the latter emerging as one of the Blues’ most influential players last term.
Even the brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo became a more intelligent player under Mourinho, with the Real Madrid winger going from strength to strength under his compatriot in the three years the pair worked together.
It means that Mkhitaryan could emulate the success of the other wingers mentioned and help Mourinho win silverware galore at Old Trafford.
Surely, one of these years, United will actually sign a decent winger?
A year ago Van Gaal thought he was onto a winner with Memphis Depay, but the Dutchman failed to ever hit his stride and now faces a huge battle to secure a future at the Theatre of Dreams.
Before him, there was Di Maria – who jumped ship to Paris – with Sir Alex Ferguson also failing to ever coax the best from Ashley Young and Ronaldo’s replacement Antonio Valencia during his latter years in charge.
Forgotten man Adnan Januzaj remains a United player, but the youngster who was a rare positive from the David Moyes era may not have a future at the club.
Mkhitaryan could finally be the winger who is able to live up to the hype and, if he does, then Mourinho will have done something neither Moyes or Van Gaal was able to achieve.
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