MANCHESTER, UK (Combined Sources) — On Sunday, December 11, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, became the first ever Armenian-born player in the Premier League, the prestigious British soccer league, to score a goal.
Mkhitaryan, who plays for Manchester United, score the team’s only goal against Tottenham Hotspur, to win the game for United, at Old Trafford, the team’s home turf.
The team had acquired Mkhitaryan last year from Borussia Dortmund in Germany for a hefty sum.
Manchester United coach (or manager) Jose Mourinho had not used him often since the transfer. Now, he says he has been impressed by the player’s determination to prove his worth.
“I have had similar processes and adaptation with other players,” Mourinho said at a press conference Sunday.
“We bought him, he was not chosen by other people, he was bought because I asked the club to do it. “So it would be more frustrating for me if everything went wrong. In that period, when he did not play, he was a great professional. Another guy would blame the pitch, the weather, the manager — but he was quiet, closed his mouth, worked really hard and waited for opportunity,” Mourinho said.