The Armenian has Warmed his Way into the Hearts Of Man Utd fans, But Where did his nickname originate from?
The diminutive Manchester United playmaker joined Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund in 2013 but his new coach found the five syllables in Mkhitaryan’s surname problematic.
Mkhitaryan told the BBC World Service..
“When I came first to Dortmund Jurgen Klopp said, ‘Listen, Mkhitaryan, it’s your family name, it’s too long, So Henrikh, it’s too long. Let’s call you Micki. Are you okay?’ I said, ‘Okay, no problem.’ And since that day they started calling me Micki.
“I’m thankful to him [Klopp] because he picked me from Shakhtar Donetsk when I was in the Ukraine, thanks to him because he worked a lot on me.
“Most of his work was on my personality, on my psychological part because I was really very stressed after a few games and we were playing very bad and I’m thankful to him because he showed me the way, how I have to do what I have to do.
“He was always supporting me, saying that okay everyone is making mistakes, everyone is playing bad, but you don’t have to bring your head down, you always have to keep your head up.”
The 28-year-old has through his play-making brilliance excelled for the Red-Devils since his return froma Mourinho-inspired two-month exile in November.