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Manchester United start well in Champions League

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Manchester United started their Champions League campaign in the best possible way on Tuesday after beating Bayer Leverkusen.

It was David Moyes' first game in the Champions League with United and his team played great, netting four goals.

Wayne Rooney was the star man in the Red Devils' team and he scored his 200th goal for the Manchester-based team.

David Moyes made some changes from Saturday's game against Crystal Palace. Marouane Fellaini started in place of Anderson, while Shinji Kagawa replaced Ashley Young on the left-wing.

From the first seconds of the game United starting to press Bayer and the Germans had very few chances in the game.

After 11 minutes Fellaini found Robin van Persie with a fine pass, but the Dutchman's shot flew wide.

Ten minutes later United's pressure paid off. Evra sprung the offside trap, then he crossed the ball to RvP, but the ball beat him. Fortunately Rooney was behind him and he volleyed the ball home from 10 yards.

In the 42 minute United had another chance. The Red Devils won a free-kick and Rooney took it, but yet again the ball sailed just wide from the post.

Two minutes later Kagawa went agonisingly close after he took down Antonio Valencia's cross and volleyed the ball just inches away from goal.

Luckily for Leverkusen the referee blow the whistle after a couple of minutes to end the first half.

The second-half started like the first one with United pressing their opponents, but the first real chance was for Bayer in the 51 minute.

Donati, Rofles and Sam combined and David de Gea had to save. Yet Sam was able to shoot, because of Rio Ferdinand's terrible header.

In the next minute Rooney was a bit selfish. He managed to get in the box, round the keeper, but then from a very tight angle he drilled the ball, which even went wide from the far post. He could have just passed to RvP to make a simple tap-in and from there it would have been 2-0.

Two minutes later Leverkusen equalised. A quick counter attack led Sidney Sam on the right. He passed the ball to Rofles, who scored a cracker. A fantastic curled-effort from the midfielder.

But then Robin van Persie scored the goal of the match. A trademark volley, using his standing leg to arc into one of those classic strikes with his right foot. Pure class from the Dutchman.

In the 70 minute Wayne Rooney scored his 200th goal for United. This time he slid the ball past Leno and wheeled away to celebrate.

After 10 minutes United made a quick counter and a after a quick combination between Persie, Young and Rooney the ball was passed to Valencia who scored to make it 4-1.

The Red Devils then started to pass the ball and Leverkusen scored a very strange goal in the end with Ömer Toprak scoring for the visitors.

United showed they are very strong in attack and created a lot of chances, scoring four goals.

Bayer aren't Borussia Dortmund or Barcelona, but it isn't easiest task to score four against them.

As usual RvP impressed, but this was the night, the big return of Rooney. The Englishman again showed what he is capable of and he remains a fan-favourite.

Only Rio Ferdinand didn't make a good performance with a few mistakes, one of which allowed Leverkusen to score.

Yet this wasn't noticed after the sublime performances of RvP and Rooney, who fired Manchester United past Bayer Leverkusen with a 4-2 victory.


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