Manchester City summer signing Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that he thinks his former Borussia Dortmund teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan will have a ‘big impact’ at Manchester United.
Gundogan and Mkhitaryan are likely to be rivals next season if the Armenian international completes his move to United.
“But when you see how he played last year, it was really incredible. Maybe he was the most important player for us last year. If he can go on like this, he will have a big, big impact for Manchester United, and a big plus. I wish him the best, and to stay healthy,” Gundogan was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
Gundogan did however, warn United that Mkhitaryan is a player that flourishes when confident but it took him a while to settle in at Dortmund before finally showcasing what he has to offer.
“He (Henrikh) has been at Dortmund for three years. The first two years were not so easy for him, to be honest,” said Gundogan,” he said.
“He’s a player who needs self-confidence, who needs to play every time and prove himself to get better and better. At this time, we were not so successful, so it was not easy for him to adapt. He had a few problems.”
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder scored 23 times and provided 32 assists in 52 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions last season.
Mkhitaryan had his best season at Dortmund since joining the German giants from Shakhtar in 2013 over the last league campaign.
Gundogan and Mkhitaryan will play in the same league for rival sides for the first time in their career should the Armenian international’s move to United go ahead as planned.
Mkhitaryan arrived in England this evening to undergo a medical with United according to the Daily Star.
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