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

The opposition The Germans played a patient game at Old Trafford, allowing United to come at them before picking their moment to win possession. When they did, they threw men forward in large numbers, counter-attacking at pace and using the left flank to good effect. Unfortunately for Leverkusen, they proved their own worst enemy after equalising shortly after half-time: both United’s second and third goals could easily have been prevented with better goalkeeping/defending.

Move of the match The move for United’s fourth goal was brilliant. After substitute Ashley Young had bombed down the left and found Rooney darting forward through the middle, the striker nudged the ball sideways for Valencia to blast a low shot past the helpless Bernd Leno in the Leverkusen goal.

In the stands German fans have a reputation for being loyal and loud and Leverkusen's travelling supporters didn't disappoint, despite the fact not all their allocation was taken up. They sung throughout the match, playing their part in helping to make this occasion memorable. Meanwhile, United fans’ support for summer signing Marouane Fellaini continued in the stands, with plenty of black wigs spotted in the crowd. Sir Alex once again made an appearance in the directors’ box.

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