United 4 - 2 Leverkusen
Smalling Rio Vidic Evra
Valencia Carrick Fellaini(Cleverley) Kagawa(Young)
That was probably the best performance this season. Rooney vindicated our club's decision to keep hold of our striker at all costs as he put in an excellent performance. Definitely my man of the match. Our Englishman could have easily scored a hat-trick but a brace will do just fine. RVP scored his 6th of the season and Valencia put the finishing touch to a breath taking counter-attack late in the second half. I'm very very pleased with the way we attacked today, especially during the latter part of the game.
As Roo slotted home his 200th goal in United's colours, he must have thanked the heavens he's still at Old Trafford. He's now the 4th top goalscorer in Manchester United's history and is truly on the verge of legendary status at such a massive football club. He would have lost it all had he gone to Chelsea who, if I'm honest, aren't really setting the world alight under Mourinho. However, having just seen Moyes' interview, it is quite concerning that he said that he doesn't know whether Rooney's happy or not at OT. Maybe he wants a final bumper contract? Possibly.
Another huge positive out of the game was Valencia. He scored one and created a host of chances. He wasn't afraid to take on his man and managed to get the better of the Germans' left back. He also helped Smalling when Leverkusen were attacking, something Kagawa failed to do on the other side. Speaking of Kagawa, I thought he looked better during the first half. During the second half, he kept drifting into the centre of the field, which is his natural position, and that exposed Evra. The Carrick and Fellaini partnership worked a treat as both forced Leverkusen into small spaces and a lot of wayward passes followed. What I noticed about Fellaini is that he likes to play the ball long and that isn't really our style of play. He'll learn the Man Utd way of play soon.
If I had to pick something that disappointed me, it has to be the goals we conceded, especially the second. We could have easily avoided both and De Gea should have done better for the second. Nonetheless, it was a very impressive performance and I'm delighted with the attacking football I've seen tonight. Well done United, bring on Citeh!