Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed the three key areas he needed to adapt since making his Premier League debut with Manchester United at the start of the season.
The 27-year-old signed from Borussia Dortmund for £26.3m last summer but struggled to life at Old Trafford and was hauled off after only 45 minutes of his full debut against Manchester City and failed to make another league appearance for nearly two months after it.
The bulk of Mkhitaryan’s best performances have been reserved for the Europa League as he has helped United reach this month’s final in Stockholm after edging past Celta Vigo on Thursday night.
However, while he is adept at handling the demands of European football, he admitted he is still learning about the Premier League and noted that pace, quickness and strength are the key areas he needed to adapt.
Speaking to Inside United, Mkhitaryan, who has scored 10 goals this season, said: “What have I learned? I think the pace, the quickness and the strength because, being here, you have to adapt to the English Premier League and to the football. That is what I am doing now.
“I am really different on the football pitch. I try to be like a beast or a monster! I fight for every ball and try to do my best.
“Outside of the pitch, I am more quiet and more humble, and I don't like to be very aggressive or anything like that.”
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies