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27/11/2013 22:22, Report by Adam Marshall
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The Match: Five-star Reds

Here’s our detailed take on United’s remarkable 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen…

The Match United were ruthless in dismissing the obvious threat of the Bundesliga's second-placed side and, in truth, the scoreline could have been even more embarrassing for the Germans. Wayne Rooney was a central figure but Antonio Valencia's display will cause teenager Emre Can nightmares after a fluid formation reaped dividends. This was the club's biggest-ever win away from home in the Champions League.

Goals Rooney was behind both first-half goals as his cross allowed Valencia to steal in and open the scoring while a dangerous set-piece was headed into his own net by Emir Spahic eight minutes later. Jonny Evans touched in after Bernd Leno kept out a Rooney effort and another assist by the centre-forward allowed Chris Smalling to grab number four. Nani's cheeky fifth, from a Ryan Giggs through ball, was a moment of sheer class.

Star men MUTV pundits Lee Sharpe and David May opted for Evans, Shinji Kagawa and Valencia as their Man of the Match nominees with Kagawa coming out on top but Rooney was also in irrepressible form once again. Giggs impressed in central midfield and, as you would expect from a 5-0 victory, everybody performed superbly.

Sub-plots Many fans were pleased to see Kagawa start in his preferred central role and the Japan international did not disappoint on his return to Germany. Home coach Sami Hyypia's

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