Armenia’s all time goalscorer Henrikh Mkhitaryan has now officially joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.
The 27 year old made 140 appearances and scored 41 goals for Borussia Dortmund after joining them in 2013 and last season scored 23 goals and registered an impressive 32 assists across all competitions.
Henrikh was voted Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2015/16 in a poll of his fellow professionals, and he was named in the Team of the Season following votes by the players’ union in Germany. The midfielder is Armenia’s all-time top scorer, with 19 goals in 59 appearances since his international debut in January 2007. Henrikh captains his national team and has received the Armenian Footballer of the Year award on five occasions.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan speaking to manUtd.com said: “I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time. I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me. Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honours my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young.”
José Mourinho speaking to Man Utd.com said: “Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country. He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal. I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United. I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him.”
“First of all, in Zlatan, we have brought in the player who was voted the best player in the French league and in Micki we have brought the player voted the best player in the Bundesliga,” Jose said.
“He was voted not by the fans, not by the journalists but voted by fellow players and that is what means more, I believe, because when your fellow players choose you it means a lot.
“Micki is a fantastic player and what I like more is something undeniable, which is the number of goals he scores by not being a striker. His number of goals per season is really high for somebody who is not a striker and the number of assists is also very clear. It shows his creativity, vision and concept of collective play, and is something I believe is really important for a club like us.
“We try to be dominant and will, for sure, face teams with a very defensive profile so his capacity of acceleration of the game, and he has a change of speed with and without the ball, is very, very important for a club like ours.”