Mkhitaryan says he won't be a guaranteed starter at Manchester United.

New Manchester United attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan said his price tag doesn't guarantee him a starting place.

The Bundesliga Player of the Season last term, who sealed a move from Borussia Dortmund to Man United this summer, knows he must fight for his place at Old Trafford.

“It doesn’t matter if they buy me for £38m or £40m, I’m not guaranteed to play the games,” he said.

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“So I’m trying to do my best during the training to earn this place to play and then we’ll see, because I don’t think I’ll play every game. It depends on the tactical situation, on the opponent, but I’ll do everything to try and help the team.

“I never promise something, I always say that I will try — if you promise something and you don’t do it, you’ll always be under pressure. So that’s why I’m saying I’ll do my best and try to help United , because for me this is a new challenge and I like difficulties.

“I like to win the difficulties, because when you win the difficulties it makes you stronger, so I’m trying to do everything to come up to a new level.”

The Armenian also said he will give his best in whatever position he is deployed by Jose Mourinho.

“To be honest, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “I like to play attacking, like a winger, or an attacking midfielder, so it depends on the coach, where he’s looking at me for which position.

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“If you play football you have to try to do the maximum, so I’m always doing the maximum for myself because, after my football career, I want to sit down and think I did something good.

“I want to say, ‘I won this title, I won this title’, because that’s the history and after your football career, people will talk about your titles - and that’s the most important thing in football.”

Mkhitaryan scored 23 goals and registered 32 assists for the Black and Yellow army last season.


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