Richard Dunne is wary of branding Manchester United a one-man team ahead of an eagerly-anticipated Carling Cup final, but admits Wayne Roney is in the form of his life at present.
The Aston Villa defender was an interested onlooker on Wednesday as the Red Devils booked their place at the Wembley showpiece by disposing of arch-rivals Manchester City in dramatic fashion.
They will now face Villa on 28th February for the right to claim the first major silverware of the season.
Dunne knows Martin O'Neill's side will need to be at their best to come out on top in that contest, especially as man of the moment Rooney is looking increasingly unplayable.
He said: "Last year everyone was saying United are relying on [Cristiano] Ronaldo too much.
"One man doesn't make a team and, regardless of who's scoring the goals for them, United are still up there and challenging strongly.
"As good as Wayne Rooney is, and he has been in fantastic form, he can't just do it all on his own.
"He needs support, but then the players that they have there will nearly always be the best around."
Villa will be hoping that a first League Cup final appearance since 1996 will not distract from their efforts in the Premier League, with Dunne of the opinion that O'Neill's men remain very much in the hunt for a top four finish this season.
"I think the target for the team is to finish higher than we did last year. Hopefully that could potentially mean a Champions League spot," said the Republic of Ireland international.
"We just need to make sure between now and February and the next FA Cup game that the league is our bread and butter.
"We have three really tough games coming up in a row and, if we can nick some points out of them, it will kick-start our challenge for the final."