Former Manchester United star Denis Irwin feels Patrice Evra has been one of the club's best players since David Moyes took charge at Old Trafford.
The ex-Republic of Ireland international has been impressed with the French left-back and also Chris Smalling, who has covered superbly for Rafael on the other flank.
"Pat had things in the summer going on with the talk of other players coming in," explained Irwin to ManUtd.com. "There's Alex Büttner there as well to challenge. But that is part and parcel of being a United footballer.
"He has responded really well and I think he's been one of our best players this year. I would definitely say that. I'm not surprised he's a contender for your Player of the Month award. He's been really solid this season and got the goal at Cardiff, which helps as well.
"It goes with the territory. There is always a young lad trying to take your place and there are always going to be links with players in your position in the press. You have got to deal with it and I think he has in the perfect way. I think he's responded really well.
"He knows the football club inside out. He's a good lad to have in the dressing room, a good leader and a bubbly character. He has been great for us this year."