Wayne Rooney's passing v Hull was his most efficient in four seasons

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney's passing against Hull was his most efficient in four seasons.

Manchester United are back on form, winning their third successive game at the weekend with a 3-0 victory against Hull. 

A key cog in their performance was captain Wayne Rooney, whose form has picked up since returning from a three game suspension.

Against Hull, Rooney delivered the most efficient passing game he has across the last four seasons in any Premier League game in which he has played 60 minutes or more.

  PositionTeamMatchSeasonPassing AccuracyMins Played
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd Man Utd vs Hull City 2014-2015 95% 90
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd Man Utd vs Man City 2011-2012 93% 90
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd Swansea vs Man Utd 2011-2012 92% 90
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd Man Utd vs C. Palace 2014-2015 91% 90
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd Fulham vs Man Utd 2011-2012 90% 90
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd Man Utd vs Everton 2012-2013 90% 90
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd Sunderland vs Man Utd 2014-2015 90% 90

Rooney completed 95 per cent of his passes, a real positive for a player who last season was averaging a 80 per cent accuracy rate.

Intriguingly, three of Rooney's top seven passing games have come in the 10 games he has played under Louis van Gaal, registering 91 per cent in the previous home match against Crystal Palace.

Rooney is a player whose first touch can often be poor when he is not on his game, and his tendency to try and look for a spectacular pass can lower his statistics in areas of efficiency like this.

The season-by-season data for the England captain suggests manager Louis van Gaal is getting the best out of him, recording so far his best passing season for United in the last four years.

  SeasonPassing AccuracyAppearances
Wayne Rooney 2014-2015 85% 10
Wayne Rooney 2012-2013 83% 27
Wayne Rooney 2011-2012 81% 34
Wayne Rooney 2013-2014 80% 29

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