Jamie Carragher believes Wayne Rooney has kept Manchester United in the Premier League title race, reports Sky Sports.
The Sky Sports pundit believes the Red Devils star has been crucial in helping David Moyes' side climb up the Premier League table after a poor start to the season.
Carragher believes United have struggled in this campaign and suggests a number of players have under-performed and the ex-Liverpool star believes Rooney has almost single handedly kept the Red Devils in contention for the title.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said: "Rooney is the reason why they're only five points behind this season because United have been poor.
"It's not the vintage United we've seen of old and there are a lot of players who haven't performed, but he's the one who's dragged Man United up there, virtually single-handedly at times."
And after United beat Premier League leaders Arsenal by a goal to nil at Old Trafford yesterday, Carragher hailed Rooney's performance as he was given the man-of-the-match award at the Theatre of Dreams.
Carragher believes Rooney upstaged the likes of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in yesterday's clash as he continued by saying: "You look at the technical players in the opposition - Ozil and Ramsey - but Rooney brings that power and endurance, he's a typical Premier League player and that's why he is one of the top players in our league and with Manchester United.
"We've spoken a lot this season about partnerships and top strikers but I think United have got some of the best strikers in European football and Rooney's right up there with the best of them. His performance today with some of the players on show - he was the best player by a mile."
United now sit just five points behind Arsene Wenger's side and have moved up to fifth place in the Premier League.