Wayne Rooney has revealed he is in a happy place, both on and off the pitch, after deciding to stay at Manchester United for the long term.
Rooney said last year that he wanted to leave Old Trafford after six years at the club, but Sir Alex Ferguson was able to talk the striker around, and Rooney eventually signed a five year contract keeping him at Manchester United until 2015.
And the 25-year-old says that staying was the best decision he’s made, and he wants to be even more successful at the club in the coming years.
"I'm thankful I ended up staying and signing because I said at the time after I signed my new contract that I had made a mistake and I owed performances and goals to the fans for what happened,” Rooney said.
"It's the best decision I've made in football career. To still be there and enjoying it, winning things and seeing the team coming through and playing the way it is, is fantastic.”
The England international, who is on footballing duty for his country this weekend, said that the new signings at Manchester United have given a whole new scope to the squad, with United playing quicker, more attacking football.
He added: “The average age of the side in the last two games has been 23. That's great for the future for us and hopefully we can bring more success to Old Trafford.
"I'm enjoying playing with these younger players. It is not only going forward where they help us, they do a bit more running as well which is always good for me.
"I'm in a happy place both on and off the pitch. We're playing a different way, a lot more high pressure on the opposing team and playing with a lot more energy and pace and that's certainly helping us."
Manchester United have had a dream start to the season, with youngsters Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley putting in promising performances, and Ashley Young and Phil Jones showing their worth after being signed this summer for a combined figure in the region £35 million.
Rooney in particular looks to be hitting top form for the club, scoring a hat-trick in United’s 8-2 demolition of Arsenal on Sunday.