Mkhitaryan’s comments on working with "difficult" Mourinho ahead of Roma reunion

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to reunite with Jose Mourinho after the Special One sealed a quick return to management with Roma.

The Portuguese boss has been unveiled as Paulo Fonseca's successor after the club announced he would leave at the end of the season.

Mourinho was controversially sacked by Spurs a fortnight ago, but it's not taken long for him to find a new job as he makes his return to Serie A for the first time in over a decade after leaving Inter Milan in 2010.

There are a few familiar faces for Mourinho in Italy's capital too as he's set to work alongside former Manchester United players Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling.

But the news might not be received well from the Armenian who spoke out last month about how "difficult" it was to work under Mourinho.

Asked if he is difficult to please, he told Forza Roma : “Yes, I could say yes.

“He’s a winner by nature. He wants you to win and you do what he asks you.

“It’s difficult for anyone. There have been differences and conflicts, but they have not had a strong impact on good work and the three trophies won.”

Mkhitaryan failed to live up to expectations at United following his move from Dortmund, before he was sold to Arsenal in a well-documented swap-deal with Alexis Sanchez.

And Mkhitaryan said he had various awkward run-ins with Mourinho at Old Trafford as the 32-year-old claimed he was singled out by his boss for Man Utd's poor form.

He recalled: “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.

“Once you arrived at the sports centre they were already there. Every step was controlled.”

Mkhitaryan spoke highly of his time with the Gunners, however, and insists it was a "dream" to link up with Arsene Wenger even though he quickly moved onto Roma.

He added: “I knew that Wenger and Arsenal were interested in me at the time of the conflicts with Mourinho.

“Wenger wanted me with the Gunners. Going to them was fulfilling the dream I had as a child.

“Many French players had worn that shirt in the past: Henry, Pires, Bergkamp, Petit, Vieira.

“I was very passionate. Then, with the arrival of the United Arab Emirates, they started having economic problems and started investing in young people.

“Moving to Wenger’s Arsenal was a dream, a fairytale.”

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