Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has not been affected by being dropped and is still the "main man" at Old Trafford, says defender Chris Smalling.
Striker Rooney, 30, was left out of Jose Mourinho's starting line-up for the 4-1 win over Leicester on Saturday.
Asked if Rooney appeared down when he was told, Smalling replied: "No."
The England centre-back added: "He was the same before the game when we were all getting ready. He is often one of the most vocal and he was the same."
Saturday was the first time Mourinho had dropped Rooney since he took charge of the Red Devils in the summer.
Smalling, 26, said the England captain acted in the same manner whether he was in the team or on the bench.
"Whatever the situation is, whatever game, whether he is on the bench or playing or whatever, he is always that same type of character and that's why he is England's main man and our main man," he said.
Rooney is just four goals short of his 250th for the club, which would overtake the 249 hit by record goalscorer Sir Bobby Charlton - and Smalling does not think it will be long before he returns.
The former Fulham player said: "He's a very experienced guy and he's played that many games that I think it'll only be a matter of time before he's back in there and firing again because he's quality."
Smalling headed home the opening goal in United's victory over Leicester, with Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba also scoring.
Asked about Rooney after the game, Mourinho said: "He's my man, I trust him completely. He's as happy as I am at this moment.
"He's a big player for me, for United, a big player for this country."