Wayne Rooney’s passing performance for Manchester United 0

One of the most underrated parts of Wayne Rooney’s game is his passing ability, and that often gets overlooked at the expense of his more notable attributes - his finishing, his long-range shooting.

Fulham may have been bad on Saturday, and they may have made it quite easy for Manchester United, but Wayne Rooney still gave something of a clinic in how to use the ball in offensive pertinent positions. A case in point? There are very few forwards in the Premier League who would have had the composure to square a pass when in the position that Rooney was in before United’s first goal.

Yes he scores goals, and yes he can take players on, but his range of passing is still special within the context of his skill-set. That’s part of what makes him what he is: the capability to genuinely influence the play from a variety of positions, and not just to lay-off high-percentage passes in the attacking-third.

Here’s his passing-chart from Craven Cottage (via Squawka.com):

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