Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has praised teammate Wayne Rooney following the 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, describing the England striker's performance as 'untouchable'.
27-year-old Rooney scored twice and played a starring role in the Champions League triumph on Tuesday night as new manager David Moyes successfully negotiated his first European tie in the Old Trafford dugout.
Rooney, who notched one goal in each half as United overpowered the Bundesliga outfit managed by former Liverpool stalwart Sami Hyypia, reached the notable landmark of 200 goals for United during the rout, a feat only previously achieved by Jack Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley.
Following such an impressive performance, Carrick, who joined the Red Devils from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006 and has won 26 international caps, was full of praise for Rooney.
“It was probably Wayne's best performance that I've seen for a while,” the 32-year-old told the club's official website. “It's great to have him in that form - he can be untouchable when he’s like that.
“To have lads like that in your team is brilliant. I thought Antonio was immense on Tuesday night as well and to have Wayne and Robin scoring and assisting is fantastic. Even if they're maybe not having the best of games they can always come up with something. I thought they played really well on Tuesday.”
United, who will also face Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk and La Liga side Real Sociedad in Group A, return to domestic action on Sunday with a keenly-anticipated derby clash against Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Moyes' men currently lie fifth in the Premier League table after collecting seven points from their opening four matches.