Revealed: United's top 10 assist-makers this decade
Wayne Rooney’s position as the most influential Manchester United player of the decade has been underlined, thanks to research into the club’s statistics throughout the 2010s.
Furthermore, we can now reveal that Rooney registered more Premier League assists than any other United player across the decade, finishing with 58 to his name by the time of his 2017 departure.
Wayne’s closest competition comes from a former team-mate, Antonio Valencia, who set up many of his goals after forging a sensational partnership following the Ecuadorian’s arrival in 2009.
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Tony V, as he was known, clocked up 41 Premier League assists and that is just one more than his fellow wide man Nani, whose place on the list highlights how vital the Portuguese was at his sensational peak.
Four current first-team players are also featured in the top 10, with Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, as well as Anthony Martial in ninth.
Check out the top 10 in full below…
TOP PREMIER LEAGUE ASSISTS OF THE DECADE
#10: Robin van Persie (20)
#9: Anthony Martial (21)
#8: Ryan Giggs (23)
#7: Patrice Evra (23)
#6: Paul Pogba (25)
#5: Juan Mata (28)
#4: Ashley Young (36)
#3: Nani (40)
#2: Antonio Valencia (41)
#1: Wayne Rooney (58)
TOP APPEARANCES OF THE DECADE
While Rooney is top of the goals and assists charts for the decade, the Reds legend is only fourth on our list of appearances across all competitions - which is still a great achievement, in fairness.
That table is topped by the great David De Gea, who joined the club as Edwin van der Sar’s replacement during the summer of 2011 and the Spaniard has been almost ever-present since then.
The aforementioned Valencia, who left the club in the summer of 2019, is second on the list and he is closely followed by Chris Smalling, who is currently on loan at AS Roma and could potentially build on his tally in the future.
Check out the list…
#10: Marcus Rashford (196)
#9: Patrice Evra (207)
#8: Phil Jones (221)
#7: Juan Mata (236)
#6: Ashley Young (260)
#5: Michael Carrick (294)
#4: Wayne Rooney (298)
#3: Chris Smalling (323)
#2: Antonio Valencia (339)
#1: David De Gea (383)
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