Wayne Rooney's temperament has improved 'tremendously' in recent years, insists Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson off the back of his star turn's sending off for England in Friday's 2-2 draw with Montenegro in Podgorica.
The Red Devils boss was speaking to an American radio station while on a short vacation in the USA during the international break, and intimated he had no concerns over the player's attitude.
"I think he is showing tremendous improvement in terms of his temperament in the last few years," said Ferguson. "But maturity brings other things and he is improving all the time.
"I texted him [after the game] and he never got back to me. I didn't see it but I was told it was a reaction - to my mind it is not the worst thing in the world."
Asked about his own future at Old Trafford, Ferguson suggested he could remain in charge for a number of years yet - for as long as he is healthy and continues to bring winning football to Manchester United, then there is no reason to consider retirement.
"I have been manager for 25 years," he continued. "I have got time on my side we can look forward, and we are able to evolve, rather than being a results business - nothing changes at United.
"It is decided first by youth, health and enthusiasm. These are the things that are important and my health is good at the moment."
Having overseen an unbeaten start to the 2011-12 campaign, whereby a free-scoring United have netted 24 goals in their opening seven games, steamrolling their way to the top of the Barclays Premier League table - it seems there is plenty of life in the old dog yet!