Henrikh Mkhitaryan reveals how Shinji Kagawa convinced him to join Man Utd

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Just three years on from joining Borussia Dortmund and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to embark upon another exciting adventure.

The Armenian became Manchester United's latest blockbuster signing on July 2 in a deal worth £26 million which, judging by the start he has made, could prove to be a bargain.

Eleven goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga last season was a fantastic return and he's already opened his account under Jose Mourinho, having scored against his former side during a friendly last week.


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Against Dortmund, Mkhitaryan struggled to apply himself on the left flank but thrived in the second half when deployed in a more central role, using his pace, skill and creativity to dictate play.

It would seem United have a former player to thank for the 27-year-old's arrival, though, after he revealed that Shinji Kagawa's glowing words about the Red Devils helped convince him to join.

According to the Telegraph, he said: “Every time Shinji talked about Manchester he told me something good so it gives a good impression.

"You have to try and do everything to show your best qualities otherwise you will not be here anymore."

Mkhitaryan continued to reveal his excitement at playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined United on a free transfer earlier this summer.

"He’s an amazing player, the name says everything," he added.

"I think it will be easy to play with him because he is a high-quality player. He won’t make only my life easier but the team’s life."

No sooner than Mkhitaryan's move was confirmed did fans begin to speculate where Mourinho will play the Armenia international.

Whilst he played out wide for Dortmund, it's believed his best position is in the No.10 role.

Regardless of where Mourinho decides to deploy his £26 million signing, competition will be strong for positions - and it would seem Mkhitaryan is aware of that fact.

Goal quoted him as saying: "It doesn't matter if they buy me for, I don't know, €38 million or €40 million, I am not guaranteed to play the games, so I am trying to do my best during the training to earn this place to play and then we will see.

"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."

Patient and driven, Mkhitaryan possesses two qualities that should see him thrive under Mourinho's reign at the Theatre of Dreams.

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