Manchester UnitedDownload App

David Moyes Wins His First Manchester Utd Champions League Match

Ryan BaileyFeatured Columnist IVNovember 9, 2016

There was more scrutiny than usual on Manchester Utd's Champions League opener, it being the first time in over two decades the Red Devils have played in Europe without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.

Despite a few defensive frailties—and more than a few inelegant long balls being hoofed up to Robin van Persie—David Moyes succeeded on his European debut, defeating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford. Incidentally, opposing manager Sami Hyypiä was also making his Champions League managerial debut for his club.

The best player of the night was surely Wayne Rooney, who, despite missing an open goal, was in rude health. The England striker netted his 199th and 200th Manchester Utd career goals and also became the highest scoring Brit in Champions League history.

There were some huge scorelines elsewhere in Europe, including a 6-1 victory for Real Madrid at Galatasaray, with Ronaldo bagging a hat-trick.

There were a total of 30 goals on Champions League opening night, an average of 3.75 per game. Take note, Premier League. 

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices