Manchester United manager David Moyes has lavished praise on Wayne Rooney after the striker put in an outstanding display against Chelsea.
Rooney, who missed Manchester United's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia as he was suffering with injuries, played the full 90 minutes against the Blues.
The 27-year-old Chelsea target was among a handful of players who impressed in a drab affair between the Premier League title rivals at Old Trafford.
Moyes, speaking to Manchester United's official website, said of Rooney's display and the home supporters reaction to the forward: "I was very pleased with Wayne's performance and very pleased by the reaction from the crowd.
"That wasn't unexpected - I expected it."
Moyes revealed he had originally planned to substitute Rooney during the second half but decided not to due to the striker's terrific work-rate.
He added: "I told him I might only play him for 60 or 70 minutes and see how he was. But he worked back, he tackled and he was great.
"He closed two or three people down in the corner and the crowd realised the work he did.
"He was desperate to score and nearly scored with an overhead kick in injury time."
Rooney is now expected to start Manchester United's clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday before joining up with the England squad for their World Cup qualification games against Moldova and Ukraine.