Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho claimed that slow Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s adaptation to Premier League football reminds him of the same issues that Willian had in 2013 when he signed for the Blues:
“I don’t like to speak about players from other clubs because I don’t want to be misinterpreted, but I don’t think he’ll mind,” the Portuguese said.
“A player who had a problem to play when he first arrived was Willian.
“He went through a process and then, after a few months, he became a top player. Then, when we won the championship, he was phenomenal and still is. That is just an example.”
Mourinho went on explaining the situation of the new Manchester United player:
“Sometimes this is what happens. It happens with defenders, but it is often easier for them to adapt than attackers. Some go straight to success and others it takes more time.
“In Micky’s case the process was interrupted by injury, which does not help the process of evolution.
“Being out for a month meant he has had to go through the process of getting match fit, then once he has that he needs the competitive level to do it.
“We believe in him and, sooner or later, there will be no problem.”