Wayne Rooney returned to action against Aston Villa last weekend to turn the FA Cup tie around in a 20-minute cameo. He made one goal and scored another in his first game back from a virus-enforced spell on the sidelines.
In this interview with Inside United magazine, he talks about the season so far and what the future holds...
Aside from injuries, has the season gone better than you had hoped for or were you expecting more?
It’s been very much stop-start for me to be honest. I broke my foot in the first league game of the season and then came back and went on a good run. I then injured my ankle and came back again. Hopefully I can have a good run in the side now and keep scoring goals. We’ve got ourselves into a good position in the league. We had a poor start to the season and even after the first month or so I think we were all worried that we’d already dropped quite a few points. Since then we’ve done well. We’ve also seen that the other top teams around us like Arsenal and Liverpool can drop points as well, so that gives us confidence going into the second half of the campaign.
You scored eight goals in seven games during October and November - is that your best form ever?
I don’t think I was playing at my best, but in terms of goalscoring it was the best period of my career so far, which was pleasing. When you’re on a run like that you go into every game believing you’ll get chances and that you'll put them away.
When you're not scoring how do you cope with criticism – do you accept that it comes with the territory at United?
Yeah, you have to. I think any forward accepts the fact that you’ll get criticism if you’re not scoring. You just have to get used to it and focus on your game.
Many people questioned your partnership with Carlos Tevez as well, but did you always believe it would work out?
Definitely. He’s a great player and he’s done really well since he joined the club and I think we’re working well together. I think our partnership proves that all good players can play together no matter how similar you are.
The manager picked Tevez’s goal against Middlesbrough, which you set up with a back-heel, as his favourite of the campaign so far...
It was a good goal and all about instint. I knew as soon as he passed the ball that he was going to move in behind