Evans backing for Rooney

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West Brom defender Jonny Evans has no doubt former teammate Wayne Rooney will soon regain his best form ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Saturday.

Rooney has struggled to find his goalscoring touch this campaign, prompting critics to suggest the 30-year-old is past his prime after managing just two goals in United's first 10 Premier League matches.

But Evans, who returns to Old Trafford for the first time since joining the Baggies, insists Rooney is an integral part of the Red Devils' squad and believes the England international has the quality to pull himself out of his current slump.

"If someone's not scoring enough goals or maybe going through a bit of a patch where they're not scoring then all of a sudden 'their legs have gone'," Evans told Sky Sports.

"I don't think that's the case with Wayne. He is such a clever player, he will always find a great position and I think if you look at the games he's playing in a position that he's doing it for the team.

"You can see that a lot. He's working hard for the team. The team have got a very solid unit and that comes from the front. He's a big part of that.

"Over the years top players have to prove people wrong and I'm sure that's what he'll be trying to do. He's a fighter and I have no doubts he'll find his form again and start scoring goals."