David Moyes’ first European game as Manchester United manager ended in a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen last night, with Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini the star performers.
Rooney deservedly grabbed the headlines after his two goals helped United to the three points – and saw him reach the 200-goal-mark for United in the process. But the newly-signed Belgian also shone in midfield, protecting his defence and breaking up play at every opportunity.
While bigger challenges are to come, Fellaini’s performance allowed United to surge forward with the menace of old – most perfectly illustrated in a fluid counter-attacking move that saw Antonio Valencia drive home his side’s fourth.
In other news, the Daily Mail reports that Paul Scholes has returned to Old Trafford to assist Nicky Butt in coaching the youth team.
He is said to be working in his new capacity on a game-by-game basis, and was pictured next to Butt as United’s under-19s saw off Leverkusen in the UEFA Youth League yesterday afternoon.
The same paper reports that Birmingham City are keen to take Jesse Lingard on loan this season. This was first reported earlier this month, but with the attacking midfielder unlikely to get significant game-time in the senior side, a temporary move could be best for all parties.
Although with United preparing to face Liverpool in the League Cup next week, he may have one last chance to impress in the first team before any move is sanctioned.
And finally, the Mirror reports that United have written to their supporters in the wake of a disappointing transfer window. The letters have reportedly been sent to those fans who expressed their concern at a lack of business this summer, explaining that Moyes has a long-term plan and also defending new chief executive Ed Woodward following considerable criticism in recent weeks.
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