There is no better way to say it that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had a struggling start to his Manchester United career. The 27 year old playmaker has started just one league game since his £26m summer move from Borussia Dortmund. The Armenia international’s signing was praised by all and sundry, as he was simply unplayable last season in the colours of Dortmund. His 23 goals and 20 assists in all competitions showed the bigger picture of a player on top of his attacking game, as he struck a telepathic understanding with striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese striker enjoyed a fruitful campaign for Tuchel’s men, with most of his goals being assisted by the impressive Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan has stunned the hierarchy of United by saying the club needs to sign Aubameyang as he understands his game, and would enable him shine in the colours of the Red Devils. Speaking to The Football Federation of Armenia, he said, “I like when players understand each other from a single look. I had this with Aubameyang in Dortmund, as well as with the Brazilians in Shakhtar”.
Jose Mourinho has stated that Mkhi needs to work on his game to get more playing time. A culmination of injury worries and confidence issues have stalled his progress in the Premier League, and the presence of a familiar player in Aubameyang may propel his career to new heights. In three seasons at Dortmund, the Gabonese has grown into one of the world’s best finishers. We were linked to him last summer, but the player has stated his preference to play for Real Madrid.
Mkhitaryan is an attacking midfielder of the highest repute. He combines devastating finishing with eye-popping creativity. He is adept at playing on both wings, but his best position playing just behind the striker (trequatrista),Francesco Totti style. Due to the injury concerns at United currently, he should get more playing time, and he should grab it with both hands.
This statement by Mkhitaryan may help rekindle our interest in Aubameyang, who, with his attributes is tailor-made for the Premier League, and is valued at a whopping €45m, via transfer markt, which is a fair price for the striker given how inflated the transfer market is.