Jose Mourinho has praised former United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for being an amazing player in the Roma squad to the extent of obliging to feature in unfamiliar roles.
Mourinho during an interaction with Sky Sports pointed out that the player has fitted into many positions especially during the Covid19 pandemic when the Roma squad was hit.
The Roma boss, who had an estranged relationship with the player when both were still at Manchester United, revealed that contrary to the belief that they would not get along, Mkhitaryan and him are having a perfect rapport.
Mourinho said, “We [Mkhitaryan] won together three titles [Community Shield, League Cup, Europa League] at Man United, unfortunately, the last three titles of Man United. I say ‘unfortunately’ because, yes, I like the club very, very much and I wish the club the best.
“We won three titles together so everything went well. In the second season, we were a little bit different. The thing that makes me really happy was because, in the beginning, people try to go on a negative and say, ‘Miki with Jose has no chance, Jose is the kind of guy when things go wrong never go well again’, it was proven exactly the opposite. We were very mature, and honest with each other at that time even with Mino (Raiola), rest in peace Mino, the discussion was very good.
“I try always to be very honest with the players. I saw my project in Rome needing a player like Miki, I also understand the importance of Miki in the group and he’s having an amazing season.
“He’s helping us cope with all the problems that we face as a small squad. Miki has been playing everywhere, a winger, as a 10, then we had injuries and Covid situations and he became a central midfielder which he’s never been in his life.
“I am so happy with Miki and I’m happy with people understanding me not everything is black or white. It’s possible that a player comes with a different relationship than it was in the past,” Mourinho added.
Mourinho, who hopes to spend more seasons in Roma, has qualified the club for their first European final after 31 years and the Conference League trophy will be their first since 2008 should they defeat Feyenoord.
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