Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has claimed that he has no guarantees of a place in the first eleven under Jose Mourinho this season in an interview with MEN.
The Armenian captain joined United from Borussia Dortmund for €42m earlier this month and excited fans with his impressive display against Wigan Athletic in a recent friendly victory.
Mkhitaryan was a constant in Thomas Tuchel’s team in Germany last season scoring eleven goals and providing a further fifteen in just thirty-one games and starred as one of the best individual players in the Bundesliga.
Such impressive performances understandably have Manchester United fans excited with regards to Mkhitaryan playing alongside Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic next season, but the 27-year-old believes that there is no assurances he will be a guaranteed starter.
“It doesn’t matter if they buy me for, I don’t know, 38million or 40million, I am not guaranteed to play the games,” Mkhitaryan shrugs. “So I am trying to do my best during the training to earn this place to play and then we will see.
“Because 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.
Regardless of what Mkhitaryan believes, it would be a shock to not see him become a regular feature of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United team.
Jose Mourinho has added Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the squad in addition to Mkhitaryan, and the attacking midfielder could not be more excited to play with the big Swede.
“He’s an amazing player,” Mkhitaryan says of Ibrahimovic. “The name says everything for himself, the words are just, like, no matter. No comment.
“I think for me it will be easy to play with him because he is a high-quality player, he knows how to keep the ball, how to play with it and how to create space for the others so I’m waiting to work with him.”
The Red Devils begin their season on the 7th of August against Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield.