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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan could have done more to ‘adapt’ to the club but says the Armenian will thrive at Arsenal.
The 29-year-old completed his move to the Emirates on Monday after he agreed to join the Gunners in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move the opposite way.
Mkhtiaryan’s 18 months at Old Trafford included a goal in the Europa League final and a sensational ‘scorpion kick’ against Sunderland but his time in the north-west was marked with inconsistency. Mourinho clashed with the Armenian throughout his time at the club and though he believes he will be a success at Arsenal he’s suggested Mkhitaryan could have done more to succeed at United.
‘I think was a fantastic deal and a fantastic deal is only fantastic if it is good for everybody,’ said Mourinho. ‘United and Arsenal made a fantastic deal, I lost a fantastic player, Mr Wenger lost a fantastic player, Alexis changed from a fantastic club to a giant club and Mkhi changed for a fantastic club, so was a great deal for everybody.
‘I believe Mkhi is going to be even better than he was with us. With one and a half years in England, adapted, knows, Arsenal play the way they think, I think is a good move for everybody, that’s why I’m also happy for Mkhi. ‘
Could he perform better with us? Could I take more from his talent? Maybe. Could he give a little more also to adapt to us? Maybe but I don’t think regrets, he’s in our history, so good feeling for everybody and a very specific transfer between rivals in a big country which I have to say must happen more times.’