The recent furore created by Wayne Rooney's omission for Manchester United's Champions League tie with Real Madrid appeared to suggest it was punishment for a poor season from the England striker.

But, in fact, Rooney's statistics this season prove he is enjoying his best campaign as a Manchester United player, having contributed either an assist or a goal for every 75 minutes he has played in the Premier League.

This rate is Rooney's best ever in the league, with his tally of nine assists just four short of his most fruitful campaign at Old Trafford, and the equal most in the top-flight so far this term, along with Steven Gerrard, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Juan Mata.

The 27-year-old may be trailing his previous best in terms of goals scored, with the 27 Rooney reached last season far greater than his 11 so far this, but following the acquisition of Robin van Persie, the burden has been revealed somewhat on the former.

Rooney's current total does, however, come at a decent strike rate of 0.55 -  having been scored in only 20 appearances - and represents a more potent return in terms of goals per game than five of his previous eight seasons at Old Trafford.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: