Boss Louis van Gaal warned his strikers before the match that they risk losing their places in the starting line-up unless they up their involvement throughout matches.
The former Bayern Munich coach’s words seemed to have the desired effect as United’s front-three in Rooney, Van Persie and Herrera (who replaced the injured Angel di Maria) all produced the goods.
After Chris Smalling had given United an early lead, Rooney bagged the home side’s second on 42 minutes before Robin van Persie ended the match as a contest by scoring the third after the hour mark.
While Van Persie will rightly be awarded the plaudits following his non-eventful performance against Arsenal last weekend, it was Rooney who arguably shone the brightest as he delivered an all-round solid display.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the England captain was a constant thorn in Hull’s side and contributed in a number of areas.
Over the 90 minutes, aside from his goal he recorded three shots, took 62 touches and completed 42 accurate passes with an overall 95.5% success rate.
Van Gaal will be extra pleased with the work-rate from the strikers, although given Rooney’s style and attitude this is almost to be expected. He won the ball back on three occasions, never allowing Steve Bruce’s side to settle especially when in possession in defence.
Rooney’s goal against the Tigers was his fifth goal in 10 Premier League outings, and his second in consecutive matches.
The victory takes the Red Devils back in to the top four ahead of rivals Arsenal and just two points adrift of neighbours Manchester City, who face Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.