Henrikh Mkhitaryan finally looks as if he might be about to overcome his difficult start to life at Manchester United.
The Armenian was one of the Red Devils’ most exciting summer signings, but Jose Mourinho quickly began to voice concerns about whether he was physically and mentally ready for the Premier League.
Even at Borussia Dortmund, the playmaker used to struggle in the big games, but it’s clear he also had a sense of self-awareness about his shortcomings.
According to the Sun, Mkhitaryan has made one key change to his routine, and it does a lot to explain why he is suddenly back in the team.
The newspaper claim the 27-year-old started taking to the gym more, even on his days off, eventually putting on an impressive 6lbs of extra muscle.
Not only has this made the player stronger, Mourinho seems to have been won over by the dedication he has shown.
It’s paid off on the pitch too, with Mkhitaryan starring against Feyenoord in the Europa League a fortnight ago and earning back his spot in the league.