Manchester United: Star Summer Signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan Takes Blame for Slow Start

Manchester United summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United at Old Trafford, Manchester, November 30. The summer signing admits fault in failing to settle quickly at United is his own. Shaun Botterill/Getty

Manchester United summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has explained his slow start to life at Old Trafford by admitting that he, rather than manager Jose Mourinho, is to blame.

The Armenian has begun to find his feet in recent weeks, putting in an impressive performance against West Ham in the EFL Cup quarter-final victory last Wednesday before starting the English Premier League draw with Everton on Sunday.

"The problem wasn't him [Mourinho], it was me," Mkhitaryan said.

"Now I understand why. I have got my chance and I will keep it, it's very important for me to be a part of Manchester United.

"I had a bad game against City, but I kept working. I have done a great job to get my chance back. The manager has five or six players in my position, but I know how I can help."

Mkhitaryan was hauled off at half-time in the Manchester derby on September 10. United plays Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine on Thursday, needing to win to ensure progression to the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.