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Within the last 24 hours, both Manchester United and Arsenal announced the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as their newest signings, thereby stunning the football world with an unprecedented January transfer window straight swap deal. Whereas Sanchez will want to hit the ground running in front of the adoring faithful at the Theatre of Dreams, a similar spotlight will fall on Mkhitaryan who, like Sanchez, must be delighted with the fresh start at a new premier league club given his struggles in Manchester. Mkhitaryan clearly struggled to win Jose Mourinho over during his 18 months in Manchester, more notably this season after a bright start with 1 goal and 5 assists by mid September. Mkhitaryan’s performances in the Man United shirt dipped alarmingly soon after. A largely underwhelming performance at home to Spurs on 23 October and Mkhitaryan was suddenly out of the team and overlooked completely by Mourinho from match day squads. Although he would return to the match squad and featured more regularly during the course of December, Mkhitaryan’s struggles on the pitch continued. His final premier league start against Southampton on 30 December typified his overall career for United having been subbed after 60 minutes and cruelly booed off by some sections of the Old Trafford stadium.  His penultimate appearance in a United shirt would be the FA Cup third tie against Derby County on 5 January 2018 – Mkhitaryan spent the majority of the first half looking like a player devoid of confidence and again, was hauled off by Mourinho.Mkhitaryan is clearly a talented footballer having joined United in the summer of 2016 bringing along an impressive collection of eye catching stats – 23 goals and record 32 assists in his final season at Borussia Dortmund is no small feat. Like Shinji Kagawa and Bastian Schweinsteiger before him, Mkhitaryan is another Bundelisga acquisition enduring a disappointing, short lived United career. He will undoubtedly want to prove his critics wrong as Arsenal’s new attacking midfielder and Sanchez’s replacement.Here are three other players who have suffered similar fates under Mourinho only to go on and pick themselves up elsewhere successfully.Romelu LukakuLukaku scoring the winning goal for Manchester United v Southampton in the premier league, 2017/18Some may argue that Mourinho’s decision to spend £75 million on Lukaku last summer was his way in acknowledging an error in overlooking the Belgian number 9 during his second stint as Chelsea boss. Lukaku was loaned out to Everton shortly after Mourinho’s arrival and there followed a debut season at Goodison Park scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances – a decent return for the then 20 year old striker helping Everton finish 5th in the Premier League. Chelsea’s attack was led by Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto during the 2013/14 campaign. Mourinho complained about his team’s lack of prolificacy in the opponents box during the latter stages of the season. A semi final bow in the Champions League and 3rd place finish ensued for Chelsea and who knows what could have been acheved had Lukaku remained part of the squad. Mourinho spent heavily on Diego Costa the following pre-season and Lukaku’s switch to Everton became permanent.  Lukaku is still only 25 and just 4 goals shy of reaching the 100 premier league goal milestone. He is top scorer at his current club with 16 strikes.Kevin De Bruyne (KDB)A.F.C. Bournemouth v Manchester City – Premier League 2017/18KDB barely featured during the 2013/14 season for Chelsea under Mourinho. Both KDB and Lukaku linked brilliantly in pre-season vs Malaysia XI, the former finishing superbly having been put through by Lukaku’s deft flick on. Chelsea fans were thrilled over the prospect in watching compatriots Lukaku, KDB and Eden Hazard in action together in the new season. Lukaku was loaned out and KDB was largely a peripheral figure around the first-team squad making 5 starts and 4 as sub, before being sold to Wolsberg in January 2014. KDB impressed for Belgium in the World Cup finals 2014 galvanising his career in the Bundesliga. He is now arguably the best player in the English Premier League for Manchester City this season.Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah, Manchester City v Liverpool – Premier League 2017/18Salah joined Chelsea in January 2014 as another Mourinho signing making several brief cameos in a side that included Andre Schurrle, Hazard and Brazilian duo Oscar & Willian ahead of the Egyptian winger in the pecking order. Salah made his debut as a substitute in the 3–0 win over Newcastle in February and went on to score his first goal during the 6-0 demolition of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. In April, Salah opened the scoring and claimed an assist in a 3–0 win over Stoke City. He also featured in the 2-0 win at Anfield against Liverpool and Salah’s appearances in Chelsea’s following title winning season remained limited. Mourino sent him out on loan, first to Fiorentina in January 2015 and then AS Roma – culminating in a permanent move to Italy. Salah’s development at Roma was evident and Liverpool made their move, paying £36million for his services in August 2017. Salah continues to impress in his debut season at Anfield, scoring at will and performing exceptionally – almost as if he never left the vigours and demands of the premier league