Wayne Rooney explains why Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled at Man Utd

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While Watford vs Chelsea may not have captured the attention of every football fan in England, the appearance of Wayne Rooney on Monday Night Football might have helped the viewing figures.

The legendary striker lined up alongside Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports studio and impressed as he analysed several talking points and hot topics ahead of kick-off at Vicarage Road.

While the drama between Liverpool and Spurs was discussed, he was also asked about matters involving former club, Manchester United.

Rooney left Old Trafford for his boyhood Everton in the summer and the Red Devils have been very busy in recent weeks. They managed to snap up Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and allowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to go the other way.

And both players have stated their careers at their news clubs very impressively.

While Alexis has always appeared to be a world-class player, Mkhitaryan really struggled in his final few months under Jose Mourinho and the Theatre of Dreams.

But why?

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Well, Rooney attempted to explain why the Armenian failed to flourish under Mourinho - and why he’ll be a success at the Emirates Stadium.

"I think he is [better suited to Arsenal],’ Rooney said on Monday Night Football.

"I saw it in training with him – he’s a very talented played. At United he didn’t get the freedom he really wanted to perform which he had at Dortmund. ‘It was a different style and at Arsenal he’ll have players round him. He’ll create goals, he’ll score goals and I think he’ll kick on."

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He’ll certainly get the freedom at Arsenal - maybe a bit too much with Arsene Wenger not quite having the same strict managerial style as Mourinho.

But we’ve already seen glimpses of the Mkhitaryan football fans saw at Borussia Dortmund.

And if Rooney thinks he’ll “kick on” and score goals at the north London club, who are we to argue?

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