Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has described team-mate Wayne Rooney as an 'awesome' talent.
Rooney scored United's winner against Manchester City in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night, having netted all four in the demolition of Hull City last weekend.
His late header against City took his season's tally to a remarkable 21 goals, making up for the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.
Rooney has been a talisman for the Red Devils so far this term, and Carrick has lavished praise on his United and England team-mate.
"Wayne is awesome," he said. "He just keeps improving.
"When I first came to the club I thought he was a great player. Three years on he is even better.
"He just improves each season.
"You have to give him a lot of credit because this season especially he has taken on a lot more responsibility.
"He is getting goals and creating them for others.
"He is doing everything you could possibly ask. Let's hope it continues until May."
It was another late goal for United in what has been a campaign full of crucial strikes in the dying minutes.
City have twice been on the receiving end of injury-time defeats, and Carrick admits late goals have played a big part in his team's success.
"They didn't tell me about these finishes when I signed for the club but I learned about them pretty quickly," he added.
"We were talking in the dressing room before the game about the amount of times we have scored late goals in big matches.
"It would be nice to win games earlier and be a bit more comfortable but I have to admit when it does happen like that it is a great feeling."