Henrikh Mkhitaryan packed on 6lbs of muscle in his extended lay-off – to prove to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho he is ready for the Premier League, according to The Sun.
The 27-year-old was exiled by the United chief for two-and-half-months because he “wasn’t ready” to play in key fixtures.
But the Armenia international has been coming in on his days off for extra gym and weight sessions.
He impressed Mourinho with his attitude – giving up his weekends to prove the United backroom staff wrong.
And the Armenian star has now been recalled, starring in the Red Devils 4-0 win against Feyenoord last week.
He also played in United’s heartbreaking 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton on Sunday.
An Old Trafford insider revealed: “United have kept close tabs and the feeling is his extra strength will be a huge bonus to him.
“He impressed with his commitment and surprised them by coming in to pump some iron and get more running into his legs.”