Jose Mourinho added one of the most creative players in Europe to his team when he signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier this month.
The Armenian, who recorded a remarkable 32 assists in all competitions last season, hinted at what’s to come with an impressive showing in Manchester United’s recent friendly win over Wigan.
Mkhitaryan figures to play an important role for Mourinho’s team next season as their chief creative outlet. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial certainly stand to benefit from his service.
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However, Mkhitaryan has quickly come to realise Mourinho’s various tactical plans and has admitted that he doesn’t expect to play every minute of next season.
As a result, the 27-year-old is doing everything he can in training to ensure he impresses the United boss.
“It doesn't matter if they buy me for, I don't know, £38million or £40m, I am not guaranteed to play the games,” Mkhitaryan said, per the Manchester Evening News.
“So I am trying to do my best during the training to earn this place to play and then we will see, because I don't think I will play every game, depending on the tactical situation, depending on the opponent.
“But I will do everything to try and help the team.”
It’s nice to see some humility from Mkhitaryan. After joining from Borussia Dortmund for £26.3 million, only poor form will prevent the attacking midfielder from being a regular starter under Mourinho.
Reports have claimed he will play in a wide right position but he showed last season that he can play in every position across midfield and the front line.
That versatility will ensure Mkhitaryan sees plenty of action. In all honesty, the only time Mourinho won’t want him on the field is when victory is already assured.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk star added that he is excited for the “new challenge” he faces in the Premier League.
“I never promise something, I always say that I will try,” he said. “Because if you promise something and you don't do you will always be under pressure, so that is why I'm trying to say I will do all my best and I will try to help Manchester.
“Because for me this is a new challenge and I like difficulties, I like to win the difficulties because when you win the difficulties it makes you stronger, so I'm trying to do everything to come up to a new level.”