Wayne Rooney made his full return the Manchester United first team in the 1-0 win against Aston Villa yesterday.
The England international had been out of action for two months because of injury, and cut a frustrated figure when he was substituted with around 25 minutes left at Old Trafford.
Speaking after the game, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admitted that Rooney was 'angry' with him for taking him off - but the Dutchman insisted he felt as though he had to because he was 'loosing balls' too regularly.
"He was angry on me because he wanted to play 90 minutes," said Van Gaal. "But you could see he was losing balls – he hadn't played for a long time and three days training is not enough.
"He was very good in the first half but not so much in the second. It is not surprising because the rhythm in the Premier League is very high and he has not built up his capacity. But I am not upset with him, it shows good spirit when you want to play 90 minutes."
In Rooney's enforced absence, youngster Marcus Rashford has taken centre-stage. The young forward got on the scoresheet yesterday against Villa, taking his tally to seven goals in 12 games for the Red Devils.
However, Van Gaal was quick to thank Rooney for his part in the build-up to the goal, and went as far as to insist the former Everton man deserves the credit for the match winner.
"It was also Rooney's goal I think," said van Gaal. "It was his switch of play."
The win means Manchester United are still in the hunt for a top four finish, but time is running out. They're three points behind Arsenal in fifth place but the Gunners have a game in hand, while Manchester City are temporarily up to third before Arsene Wenger's side take on Crystal Palace this afternoon.