A Wayne Rooney brace sent United on their way as the reigning EPL champs began their Champions League excursion with an impressive 4-2 trouncing of German side Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford. Rooney got the scoring started in David Moyes’ first ever CL match in the 22nd minute, courtesy of a smashing strike in the center of goal off a Patrice Evra cross. That goal brought what had been a bit of a dull match to life as United took their 1-0 lead into the break. The match certainly spiked up a couple notches in the second 45 with goals flowing in at every opportunity, starting with Leverkusen’s Simon Rolfes in the 54th. The Leverkusen captain brought his side back into the match through a majestic curler into the bottom left corner of goal, beating David de Gea handily and bringing Leverkusen level at 1. Their exuberance lasted only 5 minutes though as RVP gave the lead back to Man U in the 59th, with the Dutchman scoring his 13th goal in as many games by way of a bicycle-kick like volley that found it’s way into the back of the net. Rooney then added his second come the 70th minute before Antonio Valencia chipped in himself with a power-packed shot on 79 to truly seal the deal. A late consolation goal was achieved by Leverkusen’s Ömer Toprak off a corner in the 88th, but it was far too late for any comeback ideas as United began their potential European conquest with a comfortable 4-2 win.
Next Matches: Manchester United at Manchester City (EPL) Bayer Leverkusen at Mainz (Bundesliga)Stat of Match: Saves Manchester United: 3 Bayer Leverkusen: 1
Highlights below, apologies for the lack of Rooney’s 2nd/United’s 3rd