Jonny Evans has backed Wayne Rooney to “brush” off criticism of his recent performances and bounce back at Manchester United.
Evans, who rose through the ranks at Man United, played with Rooney before the Northern Irishman left Old Trafford this summer.
Rooney has come under fire from fans and pundits alike for his displays this term but he grabbed a vital winner in the 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow this week.
Evans believes the 30-year-old will return to form as he is a “fighter”.
“It’s funny how people try to write him off but he’s a fighter and I’m sure he’ll relish this opportunity to prove them wrong,” Evans said.
“He’s used to this because he’s spent his whole career under the microscope and it’s not always an easy place to be. I’m sure he’ll take a few things on board and he’ll try to put it right but he’s got such a strong personality that he will just brush it all off.
“He’s doing such a good job for the team, just look at United’s defensive record. They defend really well as a team and Wayne needs the supply from his team-mates going in the other direction. I’ve no doubt about it that he’d score the goals if that happened.
“If you look at those great United players from recent years, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and Wayne are definitely at the top along with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. On his day Wayne’s probably one of the best in the world.”
Rooney has faced criticism at various points in his career but he has always seemed to bounce back. However, there is a sense this term that he may be over the hill and that he will not return to the form that once made him one of the most feared strikers in the world. Time will tell if Louis van Gaal can bring the best out of him.