Henrikh Mkhitaryan will leave Manchester United with a tainted reputation
Only few would have forgotten the impact of Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Borussia Dortmund where he pulled the strings for the then Thomas Tuchel’s side. Tuchel took over the reins from the Legendary Jurgen Klopp in the 2015/2016 season and needed his new side to step up their game after finishing seventh in the league a season before. Onward stepped the Armenian international who shouldered the creative burden of his side, recording 13 goals and 20 assists that season.
Success has many friends and so a number of clubs circled for Mkhitaryan’s signature, notably from Arsenal and Liverpool, only for their advances to be declined in favour of joining Manchester United. Man United pulled off a huge transfer coup by signing Armenian playmaker, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016 with the hope and expectation that he would help the team break down stubborn defences with his remarkable passing and creativity in the final third. He had been exceptional for The Bavarians the season before, registering more than 20 goals and 20 assists for the 1997 Champions League winners.
However, his stock has fallen quite spectacularly in the 18 months much so that he is being linked to an Old Trafford exit despite a strong start to the season. He has been used sparingly since November after manager, Jose Mourinho questioned his application and commitment to the team. The pig had reared its ugly head once again after the struggle of last season in which he was left out of the team for long periods, as manager, Mourinho tried to ease him in to the style of football he wanted.
Mkhitaryan came back to help the team in the second half of the season as United won the EFL Cup and Europa League double, of which the 28 year-old Armenian was an important member of those triumphs. His mental strength has been questioned, with many fans wondering whether he felt he was good enough to play for the biggest club in English football. He has looked disinterested on numerous occasions in his appearances and has looked so out of form that is disheartening to see why a quality player has become so ordinary.
He registered five assists in the first three games this season but has gone downhill ever since. His relationship with the manager, Jose Mourinho is not the best and there is a quiet assent at the club that the player and the club are not the right fit, not minding his quality.
He may leave Old Trafford this winter as he looks to get his career back on track. At 28, he is at the peak of his career. It is quite surprising that league rivals have not registered interest in signing him, which is a big indictment on his ability as they may feel that he is just a bottle job who can only do it at the supposedly smaller teams.
Mkhitaryan looks like a broken man and it is a sad sight to see.