Manchester United overcame a tough Bayer Leverkusen team to secure a 4-2 win in David Moyes’ first ever Champions League group stage fixture.
The game started evenly, with few chances coming for either side. That was until striker Wayne Rooney put the Red Devils ahead on 22 minutes after a volley from Patrice Evra’s cross. The shot was hit into the ground but Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno couldn’t do enough to keep it out.
United went into half time at 1-0, although we could perhaps have considered themselves somewhat fortunate as Rooney’s goal was disputed by the Germans who thought that there was an offside which wasn’t flagged while Antonio Valencia also appeared to be impeding Leno.
Leverkusen equalised in the 54th minute, with Simon Rolfes scoring a 20-yard screamer helped by a deflection from Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick. The United fans were immediately silenced.
United were not finished, however, and their second came in the 59th minute. A cross from Valencia was acrobatically prodded in by Dutchman Van Persie. Some would say that his shot was saveable, although Van Persie had no reason not to celebrate.
It was United who then scored again to make it 3-1. A powerful punt from goalkeeper David De Gea reached Rooney who slotted in from close range to get the fans cheering once again.
A breakaway goal made it 4-1 to United, with Ashley Young starting the counter-attack before passing to Rooney who set up Valencia to prod home.
Leverkusen managed a consolation, though, after De Gea flapped at a corner and defender Stefan Reinartz smashed a header against the bar. Compatriot Omer Toprak was quickest to poke home the rebound.
So it finished 4-2 to United, rounding off a convincing victory for the hosts who have proved themselves for the big game against Manchester City at the weekend.
What did you think of the game? Did anyone particularly stand out for you?
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