MOURINHO: WHY I SIGNED MKHITARYAN
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told MUTV exactly why he has made Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan his third signing of the summer at Old Trafford.
Mkhitaryan’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund was confirmed on Wednesday and it follows the previous arrivals of Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly and Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
During an exclusive interview with MUTV, Mourinho highlighted the 27-year-old’s excellent record in the Bundesliga and expressed his admiration for the player’s ability to unlock opposition defences.
“Well first of all, let me say that we have brought in the player who was voted the best player in the French league [Zlatan] and with Micki we have brought the player who was voted the best player of the Bundesliga,” Jose told MUTV’s Stewart Gardner.
“He was voted not by the fans, not by the journalists but voted by the fellow players and that is what means more, I believe, because when your fellow players are the ones that choose you then it means a lot.
“Micki is a fantastic player and what I like more is something that is undeniable, which is the number of goals that he scores by not being a striker. His number of goals per season is really high for somebody that is not a striker. The number of assists is also very clear because it shows clearly his creativity, his vision and his concept of collective play, and that is something that I believe is really important for a club like us.
“We try to be dominant and will, for sure, face teams with a very defensive profile which is his capacity of acceleration of the game. He has a change of speed with the ball and without the ball, and that is very, very important for a club like ours.”
MORE: Watch Mourinho explain his capture of Mkhitaryan in the video above.