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