LONDON – Manchester United produced an impressive performance in their first UEFA Champions League game under David Moyes to beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford today.
Wayne Rooney struck twice to bring up 200 goals for the club, but it was a controversial opener from the England striker midway through the first half to set United on course for victory in their Group A opener.
It looked like United would be made to pay for a shocking Rooney miss when Leverkusen drew level in the 54th minute as Simon Rolfes’ long-range effort deflected wickedly off Michael Carrick.
However, Robin van Persie quickly restored United’s lead and Rooney made it 3-1 before Antonio Valencia’s excellent goal on the counter-attack in the 79th minute.
Omer Toprak grabbed a late consolation for the German side but it did not spoil a wonderful start to their latest European campaign for the Premier League champions.
Meanwhile Manchester City opened their Champions League campaign in fine style with a 3-0 win at Viktoria Plzen.
City should have been ahead at the break, as barring a couple of minor scares they dominated at the Doosan Arena but three goals early in the second-half saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men home in comfortable fashion.
The opener came on 48-minutes when Sergio Aguero’s break teed up Edin Dzeko to slot home before Yaya Toure scored a brilliant curling effort just moments later to double their lead.
The third came just before the hour and it was a deserved goal for Aguero as he turned just inside the box before firing into the corner.
After a dismal Champions League campaign last term, which saw them fail to register a win, City will be delighted to begin in such comfortable fashion.