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Price tag doesn’t make me automatic Manchester United choice: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan hoped the pressure of playing for Manchester United would only make him a better player.

By: Reuters | Published: July 27, 2016 4:52:48 pm
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan Football, Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan Dortmund, Henrikh Mkhitaryan Armenia, Football, Sports news, sports Henrikh Mkhitaryan was voted Bundesliga Players’ Player of the Season in the previous campaign. (Source: AP)

Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan acknowledges his hefty price tag does not guarantee him a starting place at Manchester United and is prepared to fight for a spot in manager Jose Mourinho’s first team.

Mkhitaryan, who was voted Bundesliga Players’ Player of the Season in the previous campaign, joined from Borussia Dortmund earlier this month for a transfer fee estimated at 30 million pounds ($39.32 million) by the British media.

“It doesn’t matter if they buy me for, I don’t know, 38 million or 40 million, I am not guaranteed to play the games,” Mkhitaryan told British media.

“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.”

Mourinho expects Mkhitaryan to adapt seamlessly to the physicality of English football due to the 27-year-old’s ability to break open the tightest defence with his passing skills and astute game reading.

“I never promise something, I always say that I will try. Because if you promise something and you don’t do it you will always be under pressure,” the Armenia international said.

“Because for me this is a new challenge and I like difficulties, I like to win the difficulties because when you win the difficulties it makes you stronger, so I’m trying to do everything to come up to a new level.”

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