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Mkhitaryan reflects on first season at Old Trafford after Europa League success

Date Posted,May 29, 2017

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reflected on his first season as a Manchester United player following the Red Devils’ Europa League success last week.

The Armenian will be a Champions League player next term after Jose Mourinho’s side toppled Ajax in Stockholm to seal their place at the continent’s top table.

It was their second major honour of the campaign after their League Cup win earlier in the season, adding to the Community Shield.

Mkhitaryan endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford, featuring just once from the bench in a two-and-a-half-month period following a disastrous full debut against Manchester City in September.

Mkhitaryan celebrates his strike in Stockholm (Photo: John Peters)
The Armenian netted the crucial second goal (Photo: Alex Grimm)

But he recovered to establish himself as a key part of Mourinho’s team after a man of the match performance against Feyenoord in November.

Speaking to Premier League TV, Mkhitaryan said: “I had a good year. Not a bad year.

“I had a bit of difficulties at the beginning of the season but that’s part of football I was ready for that mentally and physically and I could survive that part and when I got my second chance I just seized the day.

“I had the opportunity to play more and more and to help the team win the games and to score more goals.”

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Mkhitaryan netted on 10 occasions for United and won goal of the season for his scorpion kick against Sunderland.

He admits he has had to adapt to life in the Premier League since his £26.3million switch from Borussia Dortmund.

“Watching on the TV is a bit different because you don’t see the pace, the quickness of the game,” he added.

“When you’re in the game you don’t have too much time to think. But game by game I was trying to feel it and to adapt myself to the Premier League. It wasn’t easy but I think I did it well.”

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