Henrikh Mkhitaryan has opened up on the time Jose Mourinho gave him both barrels at breakfast.
The Armenian arrived at Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund but initially struggled to nail down a place in the starting XI.
Mourinho was constantly questioned on why his summer signing was not being involved and it appears the negative press agitated him.
Mkhitaryan told Yevgeny Savin : "Once Mourinho saw me at breakfast and said to me: ‘Because of you, the press criticises me'.
"I replied: ‘Really, mister? I’m not doing it on purpose’.
"Back in Manchester United there were paparazzi three days a week. They filmed you as you got in the car, how you were dressed.
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"Once you arrived at the sports centre they were already there. Every step was controlled.”
Mkhitaryan did begin to play more at United and showed flashes of brilliance. The 31-year-old even played and scored in the Europa League final as the Reds secured a major trophy.
But the winger's relationship with Mourinho never seemed to get any better. Eventually he was sold to Arsenal as part of swap deal for Alexis Sanchez.
"[My relationship] with Mourinho was the most complicated in my career; he is a winner by nature,” he added.
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"He wants you to win and you do what he asks you, it is difficult for anyone.
"There were differences and conflicts, but they did not have a big impact on the hard work we did and the three trophies we won.
"Klopp is a friend, like a father or brother to me. When I left Dortmund I had started to truly understand football."
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