Player ratings out of 10: Manchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Wayne Rooney was in fine form. Photo: PA

Manchester United

David de Gea: One save of note from Lars Bender but it was straight at him - and his resulting kick produced United's third goal. Flapped at corner for Leverkusen's second. 5

Chris Smalling: Concentrated on defensive duties, leaving Valencia to forage forward alone, but that proved a sensible option. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Relatively quiet night for the veteran centre-back and was hardly stretched apart from late on when he got in a mess at a corner which led to Leverkusen's second. 5

Nemanja Vidic: Similarly quiet evening for the Serb, who coped well with Kiessling. 6

Michael Carrick: Used possession well without having to work too hard. Defensively steady. 6

Marouane Fellaini (replaced by Cleverley, 80): Solid, unspectacular Champions League debut for the Belgium midfielder. Did what was required of him in a deeper midfield role in terms of keeping the ball moving. 6

Antonio Valencia: Made plenty of attacking runs but early on did not always make the correct decision when it came to his final pass. When he did get it right Van Persie scored and then he added another himself late on. 7

Shinji Kagawa (replaced by Young, 71): First appearance of the season and although produced a couple of incisive passes will have to do more to impress manager David Moyes. 6

Wayne Rooney (replaced by Hernandez, 84): Should have put result to bed early in second half but was full of running and gave Leverkusen plenty to think about. Took both goals well and was effective with link-up play. 8

Robin van Persie: Having not looked at his sharpest for most of the evening when a chance did fall to him he executed brilliantly to hook home Valencia's cross. Missed sitter from three yards late on. 6


Ashley Young (on for Kagawa, 71): Failed to make much of an impression. 5

Javier Hernandez (on for Rooney, 84): Sent on to give Rooney a break but match was already won. 5

Tom Cleverley (on for Fellaini, 80): Little time to have an impact with result already wrapped up. 5

**Bayer Leverkusen


Bernd Leno: Impeded for the goal, almost caught out by a ball which looped off Smalling's shoulder. Inconsistent kicking. 5

Giulio Donati: Was not able to get forward in support due to having to contend with Kagawa and Evra coming down his flank. 5

Emir Spahic: Had his hands full keeping an eye on a roving Rooney and his mis-judged header put Rooney in for United's third. 4

Omer Toprak: Almost gifted Rooney a second goal with a slip as he over-complicated on the edge of his area. Late consolation goal improved his evening. 5

Sebastian Boenisch: Struggled to keep a handle on Valencia and then restricted his opportunities to push forward. 5

Emre Can: Should have been able to exploit the space in front of Smalling but could not take advantage. 6

Stefan Reinartz: At times appeared to be over-run with a wandering Rooney and the movement of Kagawa. 6

Simon Rolfes: Took his goal well with a first-time finish, albeit assisted by a deflection, but Leverkusen needed more from their captain. 6

Sidney Sam (replaced by Kruse, 78): Never really got the better of Evra all evening. 5

Stefan Kiessling (replaced by Derdiyok, 78): Rarely if at all threatened to cause United's centre-backs any problems throughout the game. 5

Son Heung-Min (replaced by Bender, 64:) Was not able to offer much going forward in support of Kiessling up front. 5


Lars Bender (on for Son, 64): One shot straight at De Gea. 5

Eren Derdiyok (on for Kiessling, 78): Was given little time to make an impact. 5

Robbie Kruse (on for Sam, 78): Little chance of contributing. 5