Wayne Rooney: Why Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled at Man United
Everton striker Wayne Rooney was a special guest pundit on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show this week.
Rooney has defied many of those who criticised his summer move from Man United to Everton. He’s already scored 10 Premier League goals this campaign.
During his appearance on Sky, Rooney talked about Arsenal’s new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan was in superb form for Arsenal against Everton, chalking up a hat-trick of assists.
On why Mkhitaryan failed to hit the high notes at Old Trafford, Rooney believed the Armenian wasn’t given the freedom he needed at United:
I’ve seen it last season in training a lot, he’s a very talented player.
I think at Manchester United he didn’t get the freedom he really wanted to go and perform, that he had at Dortmund and that style of play that Dortmund played.
And at Arsenal he’ll have players round him running off the ball, taking the ball and he’ll create goals and score goals. I really do think he’ll kick on.
On that Cristiano Ronaldo wink
Another topic which came up was that wink from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Back at the 2006 World Cup, Rooney was sent off in a quarterfinal match against Portugal.
Rooney was dismissed for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, and when the striker left the pitch Ronaldo was spotted winking to the Portugal bench.
Rooney has now revealed what he said to Ronaldo after the game:
I spoke to Ronaldo after the game in the tunnel. I said the press are going to want to make a big thing about us falling out, but I said ‘don’t worry about it, I would have done the same thing. I tried to get him booked for diving in the first half.