Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Witzke has hit out at Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer for Manchester United, in light of his anonymous form so far for the club.
German mag kicker reports (via BBC):
Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has described Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s summer move to Manchester United as “strange”
And the magazine itself quotes Watzke as saying:
“Any intelligent player should give prior thought to environment in which it changes. When you play in a functioning environment as in Dortmund, it is doubtful that herzuschenken again when it finally does after a long lead time.”
He also goes on to say that there is no prospect of the player returning to Borussia Dortmund like Shinji Kagawa did after an underwhelming spell at Manchester United.
TFF believes that there is a sense of sour grapes here.
Sure Mkhitaryan has found it difficult to adapt so far. He was awful against Manchester City and was pulled off at half time in a game that reminded us of Patric Evra’s debut for the club. But, like Evra, the Armenian shouldn’t have started his Manchester United career in such a big game and, like Evra, we think that he is going to have a fantastic career at United.
There are mitigating circumstances too. Mkhitaryan started slowly at Dortmund too before exploding in his last two years there.
And he has also been largely injured during the season so far and his availability has been strictly limited.
But Manchester United have three games this week and we expect him to start against Fenerbahce, if fit, and to kick on from there.
TFF still believes that Hernikh will become Manchester United’s undoubted number 10 before too long because he has more to his game than Juan Mata and is much quicker than Wayne Rooney.
It has undoubtedly been a slow start for the playmaker but TFF believes that we are about to see the best from the Armenia captain.