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Ketju Unitedin taitavalle armenialaispelaajalle.

 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

 

Nationality: 10.png?lm=1396275477  Armenia

Name in home country: Հենրիխ Համլետի Մխիթարյան

Birth Date: Jan 21, 1989 (age 27)

Place of birth: Yerevan, Armenian SSR

Squad No: #22

Position: attacking midfielder, winger

Foot: right

Height: 1.77m

 

Senior Career
Pyunik 2006-2009
Metalurh Donetsk 2009-2010
Shakhtar Donetsk 2010-2013
Borussia Dortmund 2013-2016
Manchester Utd 2016–
 
Perinteinen Youtube-pätkä:

 

BVB star Henrikh Mkhitaryan: "Tuchel made me a high-class player"

 

Paitsi että englanti sujuu - mikä on erittäin hyvä asia sopeutumisen kannalta - Mkhitaryan ei muutenkaan ole tyhmyydellä pilattu:

 

 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: An introduction to Man United’s likely signing, strengths and weaknesses

 

The transfer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United might not be official yet, but it seems certain that the Armenian will join the English powerhouse this summer. Most probably the transfer only stalls because the German club wanted to wait for the new fiscal year first before selling.

 

Time to look at what the Bundesliga’s Player of the Season 2015/16 can bring to a reshaping United side.

 

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In order to get a better picture of the type of player Mkhitaryan is, it’s best to go back a few seasons.

 

It’s the summer of 2013 and Mkhitaryan just secured his move to Borussia Dortmund after scoring an impressive 25 league goals in 29 games for Shaktar Donetsk.

 

Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund’s coach at the time, famously said about his newly signed playmaker that he’d fit like “an arse in a bucket“ at BVB.

 

Dortmund had just lost the Champions League final in heartbreaking fashion. A fast paced pressing style of football took them there and on paper Mkhitaryan’s skill-set seemed to fit that perfectly.

 

The first thing that strikes the eye when watching Mkhitaryan is his impressive grace and skill when running with the ball. When he gets up a head of steam, he can glide past opponents almost effortlessly.

 

But even with all this evident talent, Mkhitaryan wasn’t able to win over the fans with his play in the first season. Why is that?

 

Many will probably remember the almost infamous quarterfinal against Real Madrid, a game that summed up Mkhitaryan’s time in Dortmund under Klopp.

 

Over 90 minutes Mkhitaryan played a great game and was influential in almost all phases. But when he had the chance to send the game into extra time and had already passed the keeper, the post got in the way.

 

Adding to his subpar finishing at the time, another evident problem was Dortmund’s playing style. While a counter attacking style should fit him on paper, Dortmund weren’t able to execute the style as they wanted.

 

Most teams in the league had adjusted their style to Dortmund’s and were happy to leave the ball to Klopp’s side. A situation they had no particularly promising plan or answer for and Mkhitaryan’s play suffered from it.

 

This was most evident in Mkhitaryan’s second season in Dortmund. The club struggled heavily and the Armenian at times seemed like he wanted to do it all by himself. He tried to carry the ball from the middle to the last third, then assist and then score himself and as a result none of it really worked out.

 

One of Mkhitaryan’s few weaknesses seems to be short lapses of concentration in the middle of the game, and they seem to increase rapidly when he’s low on self confidence.

 

During that time Mkhitaryan would often misplace the easiest passes or finishes, and made the wrong decisions more times than not. It got so bad that at one point a fraction, although a very small one, of fans booed him at a home game for one of his Champions League performances.

 

Up until Klopp decided to step down as manager it seemed very likely that Mkhitaryan and Dortmund would be declared a failed relationship after his second season. The ties were about to be severed.

 

As soon as Klopp announced his decision to step down as manager at the end of the season, Mkhitaryan started to perform better, even though the coach didn’t change immediately. A transfer still seemed somewhat likely at the time, however.

 

Only the newly appointed coach Thomas Tuchel was able to convince Mkhitaryan to stay and immediately got the best out of him in a more possession based system.

 

Strengths

 

All his strengths that were always there but overshadowed by a chaotic system, bad finishing or extremely low confidence were suddenly there in the open for everyone to see.

 

While the most obvious skill of Mkhitaryan might be his fast dribbling and ability to carry the ball into dangerous areas, his arguably most important skills are tougher to detect.

 

Mkhitaryan understands how to create connections between players and parts of the team like very few players do. He almost always knows where to move to keep ball circulation alive and advance it forward.

 

Another similar and overlooked strength of his is to balance the movement of his teammates, ensuring stability on the pitch for his team. Especially for well structured teams like Tuchel’s Dortmund.

 

Defensively Mkhitaryan has an admirable work rate and understanding of positioning and pressing. His great physical condition makes it possible for him to defend against even the fastest wingers and full-backs. Adding to that he rarely ever needs (or wants) a break and doesn’t fade away physically at the end of games.

 

In his third season at Dortmund he also finally overcame his finishing struggles by scoring an impressive 23 goals in 52 games overall. Not to mention the almost ridiculous 32 assists while almost breaking the Bundesliga’s assist record by notching an impressive 20.

 

Those numbers demonstrate that for Mkhitaryan, his goal threat isn’t even his most important attribute. The Armenian is an all around great player and playmaker.

 

Very few players combine this kind of speed, instinct and understanding for the game, playmaking and technical ability.

 

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Weaknesses

 

Of course, as every player he also has his weaknesses. As the aforementioned lapses of concentration and the chance of losing self confidence dragging him down severely.

 

Mkhitaryan’s also not at his greatest in narrow spaces or in one on one duels from a standstill. He’s also still not the most reliable finisher.

 

While it’s not really a weakness by definition, Mkhitaryan’s style of dribbling is defined by a very stable and tense upper body. Therefore he’s not able to change directions quite as quick as some players with a more loose dribbling style. Given his speed and ability to trick opponents with body feints, this isn’t much of a problem, though.

 

Will he fit in under Mourinho?

 

Now the big question seems to be if Mkhitaryan will be able to shine under Jose Mourinho like he did under Tuchel or if it will be more like the seasons under Klopp.

 

There are reasons to be sceptical about a transfer considering Mourinho’s tactics and Mkhitaryan’s mental strength.

 

In the past Mourinho’s teams often relied on individual qualities to create breakthroughs, something that doesn’t quite fit Mkhitaryan.

 

Obviously it’s tough to predict how Mourinho wants this United side to play, but if he keeps that pattern it might be tough for Mkhitaryan to shine.

 

Another problem is the enormous size of a club like Manchester United. It’s unlikely Mkhitaryan will keep up the crazy production of last season and should he not perform from the start, fan reaction might hurt his play. 

 

When Mkhitaryan played badly in Dortmund the fans usually, barring one exception, tried to encourage him and due to his high price tag it was unlikely for him to get dropped.

 

Maybe this will be a different story in Manchester, where the price of €42m won’t stop Mourinho dropping him for bad performances, and fan reaction seems more unpredictable (at least judging from afar).

 

All in all it can be said that Mkhitaryan could possibly be a game-changing signing for Manchester United. Adding some much needed creativity and dribbling. Much will depend on his relationship with Mourinho, who seems to be either loved or hated.

 

It’ll be an interesting season ahead for Mkhitaryan and Manchester United.

 

http://sportwitness.co.uk/henrikh-mkhitaryan-strengths-weaknesses/

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EI hele, Manu-fanit vieny ketjujen luomisenkin next level sh*tille :D :D

Haluaisin kuitenkin huomauttaa, että mielellään ei käytettäisi monikkomuotoa, jos yksi kirjoittaja avaa tällaisen ketjun. Mutta olisihan tämän ketjun avaamista voinut odottaa siihen asti kunnes seura ensin ilmoittaa siirrosta. Jos siirto ei toteudukaan, syytän OG:ta "jinxaamisesta" ;)

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Haluaisin kuitenkin huomauttaa, että mielellään ei käytettäisi monikkomuotoa, jos yksi kirjoittaja avaa tällaisen ketjun. Mutta olisihan tämän ketjun avaamista voinut odottaa siihen asti kunnes seura ensin ilmoittaa siirrosta. Jos siirto ei toteudukaan, syytän OG:ta "jinxaamisesta" ;)

Lipsahti vanhasta tottumuksesta ;)

 

Ja juurikin näin. 

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EI hele, Manu-fanit vieny ketjujen luomisenkin next level sh*tille :D :D

 

Niin, paitsi että onhan tämäkin siirto ollut jo hyvän aikaa ollut enää virallista varmistusta vaille valmis. Tuskin seura ihan sattumalta Mkhitaryanin paitoja pistelee virallisille sivuilleen. 

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Niin, paitsi että onhan tämäkin siirto ollut jo hyvän aikaa ollut enää virallista varmistusta vaille valmis. Tuskin seura ihan sattumalta Mkhitaryanin paitoja pistelee virallisille sivuilleen. 

Niin, ja se ei ole virallista ennen kuin virallinen varmistus on annettu.

 

Mikä onkaan seuraava askel? Ketjun aloitus, kun twitterin "ITK mies" kertoo siirron tapahtuvan?

 

Edit. no tulihan se sieltä!

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Mersuside nyt tyytyväinen?

Dortmund toivotti ilmoituksessaan "Onnea miehelle Eurooppa Liigaan ja että viime kaudella viidenneksi sijoittuneen Manun kanssa yhteisymmärykseen päästiin ankarien neuvotteluiden lopputuloksena".

 

Gotta love Dortmund and Öle Günnär.

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Dortmund toivotti ilmoituksessaan "Onnea miehelle Eurooppa Liigaan ja että viime kaudella viidenneksi sijoittuneen Manun kanssa yhteisymmärykseen päästiin ankarien neuvotteluiden lopputuloksena".

 

Näin tosiaan tekivät :mrgreen: https://twitter.com/Sport_Witness/status/749206996713369600

 

Dortmund antoi samantyyppisen statementin Gündoganin siirron varmistuttua:

 

       Gündogan moves to Manchester City

Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and Ilkay Gündogan will go their separate ways in future. The midfielder, who is currently suffering from a knee injury, will leave the eight-time German champions in the summer to join Manchester City, who finished fourth in the English Premier League last season, on 1 July 2016.

 

Aika ymmärrettävää toki tällainen katkeruus, kun tärkeimpiä pelaajia lähtee jatkuvalla syötöllä isompiin seuroihin. 

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Tuskin seura ihan sattumalta Mkhitaryanin paitoja pistelee virallisille sivuilleen.

Onhan näitä nähty aikaisemminkin esimerkiksi Di Marían kohdalla, kun paidat oli jo laitettu myyntiin viralliseen kauppaan, mutta jouduttiin laittamaan sivuun, kun FFP tuli väliin ja argentiinalainen siirtyikin Pariisin sijaan Manchesteriin.

 

Kyllähän odotukset Mkhitaryanista luulisi olevan korkealla. Aina voi yrittää vähätellä kahdella ottelulla Liverpoolia vastaan, mutta Bundesligaa vähänkään seuranneena ei kukaan voi kieltää pelaajan tasoa. Huikea kausi takana ja luulisi odotuksien olevan korkeammalla kuin Kagawan kohdalla syystäkin. Tietysti aina voi flopata, kuten kuka tahansa muukin, mutta onhan Mkhitaryan tällä hetkellä yksi pelipaikkansa parhaita ollut, vaikka tuota ei mieli tekisikään myöntää.

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Näin tosiaan tekivät :mrgreen: https://twitter.com/Sport_Witness/status/749206996713369600

 

Dortmund antoi samantyyppisen statementin Gündoganin siirron varmistuttua:

 

 

Aika ymmärrettävää toki tällainen katkeruus, kun tärkeimpiä pelaajia lähtee jatkuvalla syötöllä isompiin seuroihin. 

Näköjään siellä "hieman" kypsytty tähän vallitsevaan trendiin. Aika amatöörimäistä touhua toi on, joskin sivustaseuraajalle hauskaa.

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Dortmund-fanin näkemys Redditistä:

 

So in the past few days/weeks I have seen mass panic about the impending exit of Mkhitaryan to Manchester United. While opinion on the transfer is divided, many supporters feel betrayed in a way not felt since a certain Bavarian left to a certain club only 3 short years ago. I've personally reacted badly to this transfer, and probably (read: definitely) regret some of my reaction to this transfer. Mkhitaryan is a great player, and will be missed in Dortmund. Whether he succeeds in England is no longer of concern to me; it is pointless to keep a grudge on a player, and is immature of me (or anyone) to hope that he fails. The schadenfreude that some will get from his transfer is irresponsible, as a player wanting to progress his career is up to him.

 

To get off my soapbox, and relate more to the title of this essay, a leaving Mkhitaryan proposes a question that we must answer: who do Dortmund need to buy to replace him, and why is it not Schurrle? Okay, I jumped the gun a bit, but there is near unanimous support for not buying Schurrle, and growing cries to get Götze back despite what he did, because Schurrle is so unappealing both in regard to cost and in regard to performance. To find out what Dortmund need as a replacement, we must first analyze what made Miki so good and so crucial to the side.

 

- Mkhitaryan is very flexible, and has been played in many, many positions throughout the season. Mkhitaryan mainly played in the right attacking midfield role this season, but was played significantly as the Center attacking midfielder last year, and a deeper number 8 for Shaktar. Yet, Mkhitaryan was not only played on the right this season. In the Rückrunde, Thomas Tuchel started to deviate from a 4-1-4-1 to a more fluid 5-3-2 3-5-2 combination. With both of these formations, there was no orthodox Right winger, making Mkhitaryan adapt to a more condensed central role. In matches like the DFB Pokal semifinal in Berlin, Mkhitaryan was played as more of a right back/wing combo. In the match against Stuttgart, he played in the role of Ilkay Gundogan, prompting many, including myself to see him as the natural replacement for Ilkay moving forward. The main point of note in this is that Miki was not only very flexible in his positioning, but he absolutely excelled in these positions. When an attacking mid replaces Durm at wingback, you can tell he is reliable just about everywhere.

 

- Mkhitaryan excels at a few very important points: finishing, pace, dribbling, and work-rate. A testament to Mkhitaryan's skill is his ability to track back, running all the way down the pitch and still being able to position himself to get on the scoresheet. The absolute epitome of his play ironically happened on Match Day 1 against Gladbach. This Webm shows it all: https://streamable.com/acnr . Watch it a couple times and you can notice a couple things about Miki and his counter parts. The moment the ball is won, Miki immediately puts his head down and starts sprinting up the pitch. This is in a system that is not specifically meant for countering, but just a testament to his natural instinct. Compare him to club golden-boy Marco Reus. Reus was actually fit for this match (surprising, I know) and just slowly starts up on his run. Is there anything wrong with this? In short, no; Reus has space around him to receive the ball, and can then transition slowly into their shape during possession. However, this shows the workrate of Mkhitaryan to a great extent, running like 70m in 9 seconds. This was not a time where Dortmund were losing and in need of a goal, but Miki worked extremely hard to be in position to score the tap-in. Another example can be seen in https://streamable.com/c4kf . Look at how far out Mkhitaryan is when Auba wins the ball. Miki sprints 40m in just a few seconds, takes the ball neatly in stride, dribbles past the keeper, and slots the ball in. All parts of this are significant; his workrate, his touch, his dribbling, and his ability to actually finish when he is past the keeper. I will never not be bitter about that miss.

 

What I am trying to accomplish by wasting millions of bytes of data on an internet forum where I shitpost more than makes sense is that Mkhitaryan is irreplaceable in some aspects. I have very rarely ever seen a winger with such a good workrate, with other skills as well. What I mean is that Miki wasn't using his work-rate to hide the fact he was not technically good, or smart with the ball etc, like a certain midfielder we all love named Fisch. This aspect of him is not replaceable, especially for Dortmund. I fail to think of a single winger with that type of work-rate that has that skill in the entire world, let alone in the pool of transfer targets for Dortmund. This loss may be hypothetically covered by the signing of Rode, adding another hard worker to the squad. While literally everyone loves Weigl, he doesn't possess the speed or the intelligence to compensate for the lack of speed (yet) to be total stopper in the middle. Maybe Rode is part of Tuchels Tactical Shift, compensating for Miki's contributions defensively rather than Ilkay's contributions offensively, which leads us to who I predict will soon become the natural replacement for Miki..

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Näköjään siellä "hieman" kypsytty tähän vallitsevaan trendiin. Aika amatöörimäistä touhua toi on, joskin sivustaseuraajalle hauskaa.

Mitä outoa siinä on jos toivottaa pelaajalle kaikkea hyvää tulevalla kaudella Valioliigassa ja Eurooppa-liigassa?

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Unitedin twitter-tilillä ei ole ollut vuorokauteen uusia julkaisuja, mikä enteilisi Mkhitaryanin siirron varmistusta tälle päivälle. 

 

Täähän on muuten paljon hauskempaa näin, kun avaa ketjun ennen siirron julkistusta. Säilyy jännitys yllä ;)

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Kolmen viimeisen BuLi-kauden aikana HM:lla on kaikista pelaajista toisiksi eniten pallonriistoja keskikentällä. Todella kova saavutus, kun tehojakin on tullut todella yvin. Mies tekee selkeästi hommia myös puolustussuuntaan.

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Mkhitaryan laittoi Dortmund-faneille jäähyväisviestin omille Facebook-sivulleen:

 

"Dear friends,

"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Borussia Dortmund- from the administration to the coaching staff, my teammates and of course all the amazing fans - for the love and support you have given me in the past seasons. I will never forget the moments we shared together on and off the pitch over the last three years and I feel truly privileged to have represented such a great club and a great city.

"When I think back to my roots and my father's football career, I was taught to embrace new challenges and I felt that in order to honour my family's legacy, I had to take this step in my career and join Manchester United.

"Thank you you once more for all the memories. You will always have a special place in my heart.

"With Love, Micki"

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