“That’s wrong” – Man Utd Summer Signing Hits Back at Bigwig
Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists money was not his motivation for a move to Old Trafford and dismissed claims from Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke that he refused to take a penalty in the DFB Pokal Final.
The Armenian completed a £26million move to the Theatre of Dreams in the summer and recovered from a difficult start to thrive under Jose Mourinho.
The 27-year-old was named Bundesliga player of the year during his final season in Germany but his career with Dortmund ended on a sour note after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Bayern Munich.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke accused Mkhitaryan of refusing to take a penalty in that defeat but the midfielder has hit back at those claims.
‘If he wants to evaluate me on the basis of one game, this is wrong,’ Mkhitaryan said.
‘He has probably forgotten what I did the whole season before. I would have scored a penalty in Berlin.
‘But there’s a coach and eleven players on the pitch, and we discussed who would take [the penalties].’
Many Dortmund fans accused Mkhitaryan of leaving the club for financial reasons but the midfielder insists he didn’t move to the Premier League for money.
‘I can not understand that, and that’s wrong.
‘If it were just about money, I would have transferred from Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi Makhachkala and not to Borussia Dortmund.
‘But I did not want that. I wanted to develop further.’