Borussia Dortmund CEO criticises Henrikh Mkhitaryan's move to Manchester United

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In most other transfer windows, Henrikh Mkhitaryan's £30 million move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United would have been considered a high-profile transfer.

But the world-record signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus for £89 million and the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic have overshadowed the Armenian's arrival at Old Trafford.

However, that's not necessarily a bad thing, considering the winger's start to life in the Premier League, with Mkhitaryan having started just one Premier League match for Jose Mourinho this season.


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In fairness to the 27-year-old, he is set to return to the squad that will face Liverpool on Monday evening after a spell out on the sidelines with a thigh injury. But nonetheless, his influence on United has gone under the radar.

If it had not been for Pogba's slow start to his second spell at United, Mkhitaryan's limited impact may have become more prominent. But it seems that not everyone was keen on the idea of the former Shakhtar Dontesk star leaving the Westfalenstadion for Old Trafford this summer.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted he feels the winger made a "strange" decision to leave the Bundesliga outfit; having taken a while to settle in at Dortmund. And the 57-year-old feels that Mkhitaryan may come to rue his decision to leave.

As per the Manchester Evening News, Watzke said: "Any intelligent player should consider in advance what kind of environment they are moving to.

"When you are playing in surroundings where things are working for you, like in Dortmund, then it is quite strange to give that away again once things have finally started to work out for you after a long time settling in."

Mkhitaryan a good omen

However, although the Armenian has yet to show signs of recreating the form that saw him net 11 league goals for Dortmund last campaign, and produce the most assists, 15, in the Bundesliga, his presence has brought good results.

In his five appearances so far for United, Mkhitaryan has suffered just one defeat, in a home loss to local rivals Manchester City.

And if the former Dortmund star does feature against Liverpool this evening, he will be hoping to be a lucky omen as his side face their biggest rivals at Anfield in what could be a highly-significant result come the end of the season.

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