Real Madrid maestro Cristiano Ronaldo has backed former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney to return to top form in the not-too-distant future.
Twenty-five-year-old Rooney, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, has scored just once for United this season, while he recently hit the headlines by asking to leave Old Trafford before sensationally signing a new five-year contract.
Ronaldo told The Sun: "Wayne has not started this season very well, but he is still a fantastic player and I know that very soon he will be back to show that.
"He has made his decision to stay with United and sign a new contract and we must all respect that. It's not my position to give him advice on that, but I know that things can change very quickly indeed.
"I didn't start this season very well, either. But it is difficult to play at the highest level all the time.
"I just stayed calm, worked hard and did my job for the team and suddenly I scored a few goals and everything changed.
"Football is like that. Sometimes we play bad and then you score a goal and everyone thinks differently about you. That will happen for Wayne."