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17/09/2013 22:30, Report by Gemma Thompson
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The Match: Rooney's spark

United 4 Leverkusen 2 | Rooney's double century

Here’s our detailed take on United's opening Champions League Group A victory over Bayer Leverkusen...

The match The Reds kicked off the 2013/14 Champions League campaign with exactly the result needed – a victory. Moyes’ men were made to fight for the three points for 60 minutes or so, but in the end a Wayne Rooney brace and a goal each from Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia ensured a comfortable result.

Goals Wayne Rooney notched goal number 199 and 200 for United after an inspired display from the England international. Van Persie netted his first goal in front of the Stretford End since last October, while Antonio Valencia got on the scoresheet for the first time this season with an excellent low drive after a sweeping move for United’s fourth.

Sub-plot Against a team managed by former Liverpool stalwart Sami Hyypia, it was the perfect result in David Moyes’ first Champions League game as United boss. Seeing Rooney net his 200th goal in a red shirt was the icing on the cake for Moyes.

Star men Marouane Fellaini did well on his Champions League debut, while Robin van Persie also shone. But tonight was all about Wayne Rooney. The striker, who was on song throughout, kicked off the scoring with a well-taken volley before firing the third – his 200th for the club – and setting up Valencia for the fourth.

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