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Manchester United 4-2 Leverkusen: Player ratings

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Manchester United secured an emphatic 4-2 win against German outfit Bayer Leverkusen on David Moyes Champions League debut as Manchester United manager.

Rooney starred with a brace and assist to his name, before leaving for a rousing standing ovation from the Old Trafford. While, Robin van Persie struck with a fine volley and Antonio Valencia was on the scoresheet.

Here we assess the performance of each United player and manager...

Manchester United XI:

David de Gea: The young Spaniard has made massive leaps and while he has little to do this season, the 22-year-old will be disappointing with his goalkeeping for Leverkusen's second goal from a corner after completely misjudging the flight of the ball. 5.

Chris Smalling: Deployed in an unnaturally right-back position, but performed very assuredly and was one of United's best performers on the night. Won an incredible amount of headers and aerial duels while also being very assured on the ground. 7.

Rio Ferdinand: The 35-year-old has been a mainstay in the side along with centre-back partner Nemanja Vidic with it widely thought Rio would be replaced in the side by Evans.

He was not as imperious as usual which might be the effect of two games in four days. Often tentative in the tackle and culpable for gifting Leverkusen a few chances. Suffered a breakdown in communication with De Gea late on, which in turn resulted in a goal for the Germans. 5.

Nemanja Vidic: The uncompromising Serb has been a colossal figure for United this season and still performed very well.

German striker Stefan Kiessling was renowned as the dangerman, but was largely anonymous against United's two centre-backs. Made a number of important blocks and tackles. 6.

Patrice Evra: The former France captain found his positioning and concentration lacking at times during the first half and even as inept as Leverkusen's attacking performance was, they found joy down the right hand side.

Much more assured performance in the second half, helped defensively by the introduction of Ashley Young on the left. 6.

Antonio Valencia: The powerful wideman struggled for form last season, with it widely thought that he was one-dimensional while full backs are confident of nullifying him.

However tonight's performance was a blast from the past with his direct and purposeful attacking intent. Beat his man on a number of occasions while providing very enticing delivery and capping off a fine performance with a well taken goal. 8.

Michael Carrick: United's metronome and star player alongside Robin van Persie last season hasn't hit the hefty heights of last season and misplaced passes on a number of occasions with the Englishman seemingly a bit more direct than usual.

Still controlled the midfield for the majority of the match however and even though he is capable of much better, tonight was still an assured performance. 6.

Marouane Fellaini: The big Belgian was making his first start for his new club and started very brightly with a number of well-timed tackles and interceptions, while also displaying a very good range of passing in between the lines.

Made a massive difference to United's midfield with how physically imposing he is. 7.

Shinji Kagawa: The much maligned Japanese international started off the match fairly impressively, drifting infield and showing a lot of silky skill and footwork.

Could have offered more defensively with Evra struggling at times. Started to fade in the second half before being replaced by Young in the 71st minute. 6.

Wayne Rooney: Absolute masterclass from the England star who bagged his 200th goal in a Manchester United shirt on this performance. Somewhat fortuitous first goal, which was offside but very well taken nonetheless.

Failed to capitalise on a mistake from Ömer Toprak, by pinching the ball off him but missing the open goal. Made amends with a fine finish and excellently weighted through ball for Valencia's goal moments later. 9.

Robin van Persie: Frustrated at times in the first half and could have seen a worse punishment than a yellow card after squaring up to the referee.

Showed his feisty side on a few occasions, but also his ever classy side with impressively executed volley. Could only skew Valencia's powerful cross wide with the goal gaping at him. 7.

Subs: Ashley Young: Offered a bit more balance to the side after replacing Kagawa on the left, who started to fade. Used the ball well and played a part in United's fourth. 6.

Tom Cleverley: Introduced for new signing Marouane Fellaini shortly after United's fourth and retained possession well. 5.

Javier Hernandez: Too little time to rate. N/A.

Manager: David Moyes: Couldn't have hoped for a better start for life in the Champions League after a largely comfortable 4-2 win.

Rooney was deployed further forward alongside Robin van Persie, rather than deeper and was the star man of the night.

Many considered this to be United's most accomplished performance of the season against decent opposition and the midfield duo of Carrick and Fellaini offered the solid platform to allow the front four to create and perform.

Used his subs well, including a rapturous reception for Rooney going off for Hernandez. The one blip, was with those substitutions United were more open and unable to push forward. Still, a good start the United's new boss. 8.

Feel free to offer your opinions and insight on how Manchester United and Leverkusen fared, along with who starred in the comments below.

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