Manchester – Wayne Rooney scored twice to inspire Manchester United to a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League Group A opener at Old Trafford.
The hosts opened their account in the 22nd minute with a Rooney volley and had several chances to stretch the lead before Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes levelled after 54 minutes.
Van Persie re-established the three-times European champions’ lead five minutes later with an acrobatic volley and Rooney made amends for his earlier misses with a left-footed effort for his 200th United goal in all competitions.
Antonio Valencia made the winning margin more comprehensive with a goal after 79 minutes before Omer Toprak’s late strike for Leverkusen as United’s David Moyes enjoyed his first taste of managing in the Champions League group stage with a victory.
Meanwhile, Manchester City demonstrated their Champions League intent this season by crushing Viktoria Plzen 3-0 in their opening Group D game tonight.
Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero scored in a 10-minute period early in the second half against the Czech champions.
Dzeko put the English side ahead in the 48th minute, slotting home under keeper Matus Kozacik after Aguero’s pass.
Five minutes later Ivorian midfielder Toure produced the moment of the match, cutting inside and unleashing a magnificent swerving shot from 30 metres that flew into the net.
Aguero added the third with a left-footed shot from the edge of the area.
Holders Bayern Munich made a sparkling start to their title defence, Pep Guardiola’s side easing past CSKA Moscow 3-0 in their Group D opener at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern, attempting to become the first team to win the trophy in back-to-back seasons, got off to a dream start when David Alaba floated a vicious free kick over the wall and past keeper Igor Akinfeev in the third minute.
Croat Mario Mandzukic added a second goal in the 41st minute, heading in an Arjen Robben free kick, before the Dutchman made it 3-0 midway through the second half.
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