Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he has no regrets over Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s disappointing spell at Old Trafford and believes that the player will improve at Arsenal.
The Armenian playmaker was offloaded this week as part of the swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to the Red Devils, and speaking today the 54-year-old coach said:
“I believe Mkhi is going to be even better than he was with us. With one and a half years in England, adapted, knows, Arsenal play the way they think, I think is a good move for everybody, that’s why I’m also happy for Mkhi.
“Could he perform better with us, could I take more from his talent, maybe, could he give a little more also to adapt to us, maybe but I don’t think regrets, he’s in our history, so good feeling for everybody and a very specific transfer between rivals in a big country which I have to say must happen more times.”
Mourinho signed Mkhitaryan from German side Borussia Dortmund for £24 million in June 2016. During the 29-year-old’s time in the Bundesliga he developed a reputation as one of Europe’s top attacking midfielders, however he was never able to reproduce that type of form at Old Trafford.
His finest moment in a United shirt came last season when he scored the winning goal in the club’s Europa League triumph over Ajax in Stockholm.
Despite starting this season in excellent form, the level of his displays soon deteriorated and he soon found himself unable to get in to Mourinho’s squad. There was also rumours of a clash between player and coach over footballing philosophy, with the Armenia international said to favour a more free flowing style of play, as opposed to Mourinho’s pragmatic approach to the game.
For this reason, it is thought that maybe Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is known to be a long-term admirer of Mkhitaryan’s, will be better placed to get the best out of him and help him return to the type of form that attracted United to sign him in the first place.