Rooney the star as United win Champions League opener

Wayne Rooney grabbed his 199th and 200th goals for Manchester United as they began their Champions League campaign with a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford yesterday evening.

The England international opened the scoring after twenty-two minutes, before Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes equalised ten minutes into the second half.

Robin Van Persie then put then restored the hosts lead just shy of the hour mark before Rooney’s landmark goal, and a sublime effort from Antonio Valencia put the result beyond doubt.

Omer Toprak scored a scrappy, late consolation for the visitors, though it wasn’t enough to ruin manager David Moyes day.

Wayne Rooney is only the fourth player to have hit a double century of goals for the club, after Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley.

The 27 year old could have easily finished the night on 201 club goals, but he spurned a glorious chance with the score at 2-1, while Robin Van Persie missed an even better chance shortly before Leverkusen scored their second.

The club will now turn their attention to Sunday afternoon’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, where they will hope to welcome back England internationals Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck, who both missed last night’s game.

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