Top five: Most accurate Manchester United passers of 2014/15

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Manchester United's best passer so far this season has been Juan Mata.

Juan Mata may have found himself sitting on the bench in more recent times, but he has still been able to impress during the opening course of the season for Manchester United.

Since taking over Louis Van Gaal has brought Mata back into a more central position for the side, playing just behind the two strikers, and the Spaniard has thrived.

He has completed over 92% of his passes so far this season, showing great consistency to find a teammate in attacking areas. 

  PositionTeamTotal PassPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Juan Mata MF Man Utd 203 92.6% 5 348
Chris Smalling DF Man Utd 136 91.9% 3 194
Phil Jones DF Man Utd 164 91.4% 3 270
Antonio Valencia MF Man Utd 154 89.6% 4 219
Daley Blind MF Man Utd 221 89.1% 3 270

More recently he has had to watch from afar, as Wayne Rooney has been dropped back to take his position to accommodate summer signing Radamel Falcao up-front.

However, after Rooney's sending off against West Ham United last weekend, Mata is set to be restored to the starting line-up and he will be looking to show his accuracy at finding a red shirt once again.

The Red Devils take on Everton in what looks a tough game, but they will be aiming to capitalise on the momentum they are gradually building after two wins in their last three games. 

If they are to do so then Mata's ability to retain possession is likely to be key and his incisive passing can create chances for other attackers.

Van Gaal's demand on keeping the ball is also highlighted by the rest of his players on the list.

The side have struggled defensively, but their centre-backs have shown a willingness to adapt to their new manager's technically demanding style of play and it is the English pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones who come out next in the table.

Neither are particularly noted for their ball playing skills, despite not being bad in possession, but they seem to have adapted more quickly than the rest of the team to the Dutchman's passing philosophy, at least. 

Antonio Valencia is also on the list in fourth place, whilst Daley Blind is showing why Van Gaal put faith in him to dictate the side's play this season by coming in fifth despite still settling into life in England.

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