Wayne Rooney had been out of action for over a month, missing out on seven games before coming on as 61st minute substitute against Fulham last night.

Two minutes after being on the pitch, Rooney had scored United’s third goal in a 3-0 win, and has today claimed he is glad he didn’t rush his return back to the first team.

“I feel good, maybe I could have played last week but I think the wise decision was not to play me and give me another few days training and then it would be a lot better and stronger,” said Rooney. “I have scored a lot of them [close-range finishes] this season. In the last three games I have scored three goals all inside the six-yard box. It is something I have been working on, obviously Dimitar and Carlos like to play a bit deeper so I have had to change a little bit and thankfully I am getting the benefits of it now.”

Rooney reacted like a fan when Scholes’ shot hit the back of the net, jumping up, arms raised, a big grin on his face. He has offered up his praise for our veteran midfielder today, following weeks of Ryan Giggs receiving all the adulation.

“I thought it was brilliant and I thought Scholesy was outstanding,” said Rooney. “Some of his passing you don’t see that often from players around the world and it was joy to watch and that was the one thing I could take from sitting on the bench.”