Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney

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Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry raves about Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been singing the praises of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in The Sun.

Rooney is one of the best players in the world and has been a key figure in the Red Devils’ revival over the past few months.

The England international has been deployed as a centre-forward instead of being played in attacking midfield, and former Arsenal striker Henry believes that this is a main reason why he has played so well and so effectively.

“Because he (Rooney) is so versatile and can also play on the right, the left or in midfield, the temptation is always to move Rooney to another part of the team when some players are missing,” the 37-year-old wrote in The Sun.

“But he is the one of the best strikers the Premier League has ever seen and, for me, he should always play through the middle…

“Van Persie’s injury has made Van Gaal put Rooney in a position where he can create the maximum damage.”

Netherlands international striker Robin van Persie has been sidelined since February, and with Radamel Falcao misfiring, Rooney has been deployed as a striker.

This has paid dividends, as the 29-year-old has scored goals and created chances, helping United climb as high as third in the Premier League table.

In 27 Premier League appearances so far this season, Rooney has scored 12 goals and created 40 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 84% and a shot accuracy of 50%.

The former Everton star is expected to be deployed up front against Manchester City at Old Trafford in the derby today, and one should not be surprised if he proves to be the match-winner.

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