Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra hailed Wayne Rooney's performance for their FA Cup win at Manchester City.

Evra insists Rooney is the key to the club's hopes of landing a 20th league title.

Evra said: "Wayne ­always works hard and fights hard and he showed that against City.

"He scored two goals, I am happy for him and I hope he keeps doing this because, to win the title, we need Wayne Rooney."

Evra also reckons Paul Scholes' shock decision to come out of retirement is ­another huge boost to United's hopes of ­retaining the title.

The French star added: "It is great news about Paul Scholes. Of course it was a big surprise but I never understood why he stopped.

"He is the type of player who embodies the story of the club so it is a big boost for everyone.

"Manchester United never die. A lot of people forget that, they don't want to respect the story.

"When you have the story that is behind this club, you know that when there is a difficult moment you will answer back because everyone in this team has big character and big ­personality."