Total domination. United completed a mammoth 93% of their passes in the first half and it comes as no surprise given how much control United were in.
It was, perhaps, the most accomplished and controlled first half of football United have played this season.
United continued that domination in the second half and were in complete control for the full 90 minutes. There have been times this season where United have had a great first half but faded in the second, that didn’t happen today.
This Wayne Rooney is wonderful to watch. Rooney continued his great form with another top performance against Hull today. His goal from the edge of the area was world class as he gave Hull’s goalkeeper the eyes and slotted a precise finish into the corner.
It really is fantastic to see this sort of Rooney – the type that is not only full of energy but is dripping with confidence too.
Arjen Robben had a renaissance under Louis van Gaal at Bayern Munich and the suggestion so far this season is that Rooney may enjoy a similar re-birth.
Louis van Gaal‘s mind games. “Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao might be fit to be in the 18,” Van Gaal told reporters before the game. Rojo started. Michael Carrick looked like he would be drafted into the defence in a 3-5-2 formation. He started in midfield and United lined up in a 4-4-2.
Steve Bruce had to adjust his tactics very early on in the game because he expected United to line-up in a 3-5-2 formation which gave United an advantage straight off the bat. You can’t beat a bit of mind games, so more of that please Louis.
Michael Carrick. Say no more.
All credit to Robin van Persie. The Dutch striker responded to deserved criticism with a goal and an assist against Hull this afternoon.
Although he was more involved in the first half having dropped deeper to get the ball, Van Persie was still ineffectual in the final third, although he did provide for Rooney.
It was the second half where Van Persie announced himself with a fantastic strike from the edge of the box that was almost a carbon copy of his strike against Swansea on the opening day of last season.
Well done, Robin.
Three wins in a row and confidence is building. United were in total control from the first whistle against Hull today. From the front to back, it was all United and Hull had no answer.
It means United have now won three games on the trot and you can see the team growing with confidence from every victory.
Going into Stoke City on Tuesday, United will now be expecting a win and it will be needed ahead of two tough fixtures away to Southampton and at home to Liverpool.