Monday 5 December 2016

Borussia Dortmund have a sly dig at Man United as they confirm Henrikh Mkhitaryan sale

Published 02/07/2016 | 15:09

Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to sign for Manchester United. Picture credit: Getty Images
Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to sign for Manchester United. Picture credit: Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund offered up a less than subtle dig at Manchester United as they confirmed the departure of their midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford.

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United’s persistent pursuit of Mkhitaryan has finally reaped rewards as reluctant sellers Dortmund sanctioned the deal for a player who had just one year left on his current contract.

With Mkhitaryan and his agent making it clear that they would not sign a new contract and wanted to make the move to Manchester, Dortmund gave the green light to the deal and yet they succeeded in having a little dig at the buying club in their official statement.

“The paths of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and (27) separate from this summer,” they confirmed.

“BVB has complied after intensive discussions the wish of the Armenian national team member, to the new season to join the English Table Fifth last season, Manchester United.”

Did they really need to point out that 20-time English champions United finished fifth in the Premier League last season?

It's a similar story to their dig at Manchester City last month, as they offered up this line in their statement confirming the sale of Ilkay Gundogan.

Dortmund noted that Gundogan “will leave the eight-time German champions” to move to a side “who finished last season's English Premier League in fourth place”.

The end result is that Dortmund have now lost Mats Hummels (to Bayern Munich), Gundogan and Mkhitaryan in quick succession, leaving their coach Thomas Tuchel with a big rebuilding job ahead of the new season.

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