Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has earned praise from former Red Devils' defender Denis Irwin for the way he has responded following a summer of intense speculation.
United boss David Moyes unsuccessfully attempted to sign Everton full-back Leighton Baines and Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, while promising Southampton defender Luke Shaw has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months.
But Evra has remained professional, despite hinting this could be his final season at Manchester United, and scored his first goal of the season against Cardiff City on Sunday.
“Patrice has been at the club a long time and, in recent seasons, he’s started scoring goals,” Irwin told talkSPORT. “When you’re in that position and you get a little bit older there’s always some whippersnapper at the club trying to get your position. Or, because of the nature of the job, a player from another club will be linked to your position.
“You have to get on with it and deal with it. Leighton Baines was linked with the club, along with Luke Shaw at Southampton, who looks a really good player.
“When Moyes came in last summer there were always going to be assumptions because he knows Baines' game.
“Evra has responded very well though and he’s been one of Manchester United's better players this year.”
Having made over 350 appearances for the Red Devils in the left-back position, Irwin understands the pressures that Evra faces as a Manchester United player.
Recent reports suggest that Moyes is keen to go back for Baines in the January transfer window, but that is unlikely to faze the unflappable Evra.