The Daily Mirror believes German Bundesliga giants, Borussia Dortmund could be set to bring back 27 year old Armenia international, Henrikh Mkhitaryan back to the Signal Iduna Park. The playmaker has struggled to adapt to life in England, and has failed to impress boss, Jose Mourinho since his summer move. The top bosses at the German club, Hans-Joachim Watzke and general manager Michael Zorc have been left dazed by the classy player’s apparent difficult start to life at Old Trafford and are said to be encouraging Thomas Tuchel to sign him back, albeit on loan. They feel time spent in familiar surroundings will remind those at Manchester United of his quality.
Mkhitaryan was coveted by a host of top European clubs over the summer, after a season in which he was responsible for 43 goals for Tuchel’s men. He spurned the advances of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool to join the revolution at United, a project which, it has to be said, is not going too well at the moment. Over the past three years, the former Shakhtar Donetsk player has grown into one of the top playmakers in the whole of European football with his remarkable creativity and consistent finishing. Jose Mourinho has been publicly critical of Mkhi’s performances, and this has limited him to just over 2 hours of football in all competitions. News of a rift between player and manager have been refuted, yet the playmaker isn’t getting into the team.
He joined United for £26m in the summer as part of a spending spree that included the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly. While the others have since settled to life in Manchester, the Armenian is said to be struggling with the pace, intensity and language change. It would be interesting to see whether the hierarchy at United will sanction a move away from the club for Mkhitaryan, who only signed a four year deal in the summer, with the option of a further year.
Despite his situation, Mkhi has remained resolute in his quest to prove his worth to Mourinho, and if he moves come January, he may be regarded as a player who couldn’t fight adversity and stake a place for himself in the thoughts of his manager.