Jonny Evans has revealed his performances have left him frustrated for the past six months.
The Manchester United defender at least provided himself with a platform to build on with an effective display in Wednesday’s win over Rangers.
“I don't know why I wasn't performing well earlier in the season,” he admitted.
“Last year I had a stop-start time and got one or two injuries when I was in the side.
“I wasn't at my best for about six months. I was making decisions and thinking ‘I would never have done that in the past'.
“I have tried not to worry about it too much. I just got on with it and hoped everything would come back.”
Crucially, Evans retained the full support of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I haven't been thinking of it as a chance to re-establish myself because the manager has always had faith in me, which is important,” he said.
“It is just a case of getting my own personal confidence back.”
Some valuable lessons have been learned along the way, not least that it’s not always best practice to read what’s being written about you.
“I don't read any articles about myself now and I do feel a lot more comfortable,” he said.
“At the start of the season, we were conceding a lot of goals.
“People like to point a finger and being a young lad, it sometimes comes down to you.
“I tried not to let it affect me but there were one or two instances, such as when I gave away a penalty against Liverpool, that were highlighted.”
He added: “When you see what has happened to Wayne (Rooney), it does remind you how intense the spotlight at Manchester United is.
“You can't afford to let it get to you and in fairness, I don't think I have. I haven't moaned about not being in the team. I have just worked as hard as always to get back in.”