Manchester United opened the Champions League group stage on home ground at good Old Trafford against a somewhat solid Bayer Leverkusen side.
The visitors began the game by sitting back and looking to go hard on the counter but United’s defense allowed them no passage. Their defense did start out pretty solid.
Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the first half before United managed to break down the Leverkusen defense in the second half by outscoring their opponents 3-2 in that 45′.
Rooney wore his famous headband, which seemed to propel him right back to his old form and allowed him to play his game with his teammates for his very own Manchester United team. Why the emphasis on his? Simple: he is the No. 10 of this prestigious Premier League club and the club management did now allow him to join Chelsea, Arsenal or any other side.
If Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Luis Valencia and the United mid and defense can mesh together during this season’s campaign, they can most definitely advance even further into the knockout rounds of this competition.
Coach David Moyes has enjoyed his first taste of Champions League action with a victory on home ground. If there is any nice way to replace a historic coach such as Sir Alex Ferguson, then that is the way to do it for sure.
Now, United has to realize that they are the absolute favorites in this group. Real Sociedad should not cause them problems and neither should Shaktar Donetsk. However, losing a game or two is not out of the question but winning the group is certainly a must.
United (+2) sit in first ahead of Shaktar (+1) due to goal differential.