Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan thinks that Wayne Rooney has turned a corner at Old Trafford and been the club's stand-out performer so far this season.
Rooney was the subject of a great deal of transfer speculation over the summer with bids coming in from Chelsea and the 27-year-old reportedly agitating for a move.
However he stayed put in Manchester and has begun the season in fine form, scoring four goals in four starts in the Premier League and Champions League.
Rooney even managed to get on the scoresheet in United's 4-1 humiliation at the hands of rivals Manchester City on Sunday, scoring a terrific free kick to claim a consolation goal for the Red Devils.
And Phelan thinks the England striker is in a good spell of form at the start of the season.
“He’s turned a corner,” said Phelan.
“All players have ups and downs and bad spells in football. Wayne Rooney has been playing in the top-flight since he was 16 years old, and playing very well.
“He’s had a little bit of a blip, but that might be because he hasn’t been playing regularly and has been put in different positions. It’s only natural that his form suffers a little bit.
“Now he seems to have sorted his head out and you can see that in the performances. He is a stand-out candidate this season for putting in good performances."
Some United fans were angered by reports that Rooney supposedly wanted to leave the Premier League Champions, but Phelan thinks that Rooney's performances are silencing the doubters.
“The Man United supporters were a bit disgruntled and they show that,” he added.
“They want their best players to be a part of Manchester United. They don’t want a dissatisfied player, they want them to be a part of moving forward.
“Wayne has sorted those issues out for now and you can see that. He looks more content, he feels appreciated by the Old Trafford supporters and that’s shown in his performances.”
Manchester United face Liverpool on Wednesday evening in the Capital One Cup third round with both sides looking to bounce back form weekend losses in the league.