Football: Rooney backs di Maria to get back to his best form again for Man United

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (centre) celebrates scoring their third goal with Angel Di Maria (left) and Ander Herrera during their FA Cup match against Preston North End on Feb 16, 2015. Di Maria is a great player and will rediscover his be
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (centre) celebrates scoring their third goal with Angel Di Maria (left) and Ander Herrera during their FA Cup match against Preston North End on Feb 16, 2015. Di Maria is a great player and will rediscover his best form for Manchester United after enduring a difficult time of late, captain Rooney said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Angel di Maria is a great player and will rediscover his best form for Manchester United after enduring a difficult time of late, captain Wayne Rooney said.

The 27-year-old Argentine has done little to justify the money United spent to recruit the winger from Real Madrid.

Di Maria, who has scored three goals in 19 Premier League games this season, was taken off at half-time during United's 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday.

"It (Saturday) was just one of those days that every footballer has," Rooney told the club's website.

"He is a great player, he has shown that and you don't lose your talent overnight.

"Hopefully, he will get back to his best and start giving some great performances for us. He has got a lot of experience and I think he will figure it out, we all have to do that sometimes. There is nothing worse than when everyone keeps going on at you.

"You have to come to it in your own way and I am sure he will be a big player for us between now and the end of the season."

Rooney has been deployed as a midfielder for much of the season but he struck twice against Sunderland to end a run of eight games without a goal.

"Everyone knows I've played midfield for the majority of the season but my record shows that I score goals so I'm not worried about that at all," he said.

"I was obviously pleased that the manager played me up front and I was delighted to get the two goals but the victory was the main thing today because after last week (when United lost to Swansea), it was important that we bounced back."

United, who are fourth in the Premier League table, travel to Newcastle United on Wednesday.