The stats that show Wayne Rooney is struggling to find his form
Manchester United star is feeling the strain in front of goal
Published 18/08/2015 | 11:56
Wayne Rooney's form has come under the microscope after failing to score in his last eight Manchester United appearances. Here, Press Association Sport reveal the statistics which show he might be feeling the strain in front of goal.
Rooney has definitely gone off the boil since a free-scoring start to the 2014-15 campaign. In his first 14 Premier League matches of last season he played 1,302 minutes and scored eight goals from 38 shots.
He recorded a pretty decent shot conversion rate of 21.1 per cent - better than Sergio Aguero (17.2 per cent) and Harry Kane (18.1 per cent) and just behind Diego Costa's (25.6 per cent) - and at that stage he had scored a goal every 163 minutes, more than one in two games.
But since scoring twice in a 3-1 victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day, when Rooney has often operated in a deeper role, he has played 21 league matches covering 1,945 minutes, scoring four times from 43 shots.
That is a conversion rate of 9.3 per cent and a goal every 486 minutes - almost three times less frequent than his scoring rate in the first half of last season.
Rooney played more minutes than any other United outfield player in the Premier League last season.
His 33 appearances were all starts and his total of 3,057 minutes was over 300 more than the next player, Antonio Valencia.
However, there were 48 outfield players who played more minutes in the top flight and Southampton striker Graziano Pelle - three months older than Rooney, who turns 30 in October - played a total of 3,525 minutes.
Pelle's early-season scoring form is in stark contrast to Rooney's with three goals in four competitive games so far.