Manchester United recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Hull City thanks to goals from Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Louis van Gaal’s side produced arguably their best 45 minutes of the season so far in the first half and took the lead early on through Smalling, whose effort was taken over the line by Hull City goalkeeper Alan McGregor.
The in-form Rooney doubled the hosts’ advantage with a fine finish minutes before the half-time interval, while Van Persie added gloss to the scoreline was a superb strike after the break.
David de Gea: 6
The Spaniard was a virtual spectator throughout the match. A very quiet afternoon for Manchester United’s number one.
Chris Smalling: 7
Credited with the opening goal following a goalmouth scramble, but it may go down as an own goal by Hull City goalkeeper Alan McGregor. Not the most testing afternoon for the England international.
Michael Carrick: 7
Fine performance by the ageing central midfielder, who oozed calmness throughout the 90 minutes. Some of his passes were Paul Scholes-esque - and praise doesn’t come any higher than that.
Marcos Rojo: 6.5
The Argentina international made his first appearance since the Manchester derby and slotted back in effortlessly.
Antonio Valencia: 6.5
A typically energetic performance from the winger. Still a little predictable, however. Subbed off in the second half for Darren Fletcher.
Ashley Young: 6.5
Decent display from the winger, who looks comfortable playing in the left wing-back position. Never really tested by Hull’s wingers, though.
Marouane Fellaini: 7.5
The much-maligned Belgian is looking increasingly comfortable in Manchester United’s midfield. This was one of his best performances since joining the club from Everton.
Juan Mata: 7
A rare start for Juan Mata, who made the most of his opportunity. Proved to Van Gaal that he does have a role to play in this team.
Angel di Maria: 6
The Argentina international was substituted after less than 15 minutes played of the first half with a concerning hamstring injury.
Wayne Rooney: 8.5
The in-form Manchester United captain has been outstanding in recent weeks and today was no different. Scored a fabulous goal to cap off another industrious display.
Robin van Persie: 7
Needed a goal today after last weekend’s abject performance against Arsenal, and produced the goods in the second half with a rocket. Still not vintage Van Persie, but this was much better.
Ander Herrera: 8
The Spanish midfielder came on for the injured Di Maria and produced a superb, energetic performance.
Radamel Falcao: 6
The world-class number nine came on in the closing stages of the second half and was so unfortunate not to mark his comeback with a goal. Will he start against Stoke City on Tuesday night?
Darren Fletcher: 6
Sent on by Van Gaal to ensure Manchester United kept their clean sheet intact.
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