Rooney scores 200th Man Utd goal in Champions League rout

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Wayne Rooney scored his 200th goal for Manchester United last night in their 4-2 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

On David Moyes' first foray into the Champions League with the Red Devils, the 27-year-old opened the scoring with a close-range volley.

Rooney then missed a golden chance to bag his 200th goal before Bayer Leverkusen threatened to spoil the evening when Simon Rolfes equalised after 54 minutes.

Rooney wasn't to be denied, and after Robin van Persie made it 2-1 he reached the milestone with a well-taken strike with 20 minutes remaining. Antonio Valencia rounded off the evening with a goal created by a sublime pass from the man of the night.

The former Everton man is only the fourth player to have scored 200 or more goals for the Red Devils, and he now sits just 49 goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton as the club's all-time top scorer.

Speaking after the win last night he said: "It's something I'm really proud of, I'm delighted to be back playing and scoring. It's a good result, the first game in the Champions League is always important and thankfully we've got the victory."

Manchester United sit second in group A after last night's win, behind rivals Shakhtar Donetsk on goal difference.

"Wayne was great tonight," said a delighted Moyes afterwards. "His pass for Antonio’s goal was excellent. It is great. I am not a historian but there are only four goalscorers to do it before. He has a real chance to be an all-time leading goalscorer. If he keeps playing like he did tonight, then he will get there."

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