The Champions League is back, and here in the Football Transfer Tavern we are thrilled.
Not only is our landlord offering a special shot offer for each fan whose team wins their opening game, but we get to watch even more football! The opening round of games saw David Moyes take something of a step into the relative unknown by managing a side in the Champions League proper for the first time, and he managed to get a morale boosting win to boot!
Moyes may have come under some criticism for a number of reasons since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, and had to deal with a lacklustre transfer window but things are starting to come together nicely again.
The Red Devils start to the Premier League season may have been shaky but they kicked off their European campaign with a bang. A victory at Old Trafford against Sami Hyypia’s Bayer Leverkusen was simply a must, and United did not disappoint their fans.
Rooney reached a landmark, Shinji Kagawa was freed and most of all three points were recorded. Other notable results around Europe included a comfortable win for Manchester City at Plzen and a real statement sent out by Real Madrid at Galatasaray.
The Spanish side won 6-1 away in intimidating Istanbul and really made us sit up and take note. Of course, we then began to consider exactly which sides look like contenders for the crown and Barcelona will display their credentials in tonight’s fixture with Ajax.
With the Red Devils off the mark however, let us take a look at the five things we learnt from Manchester United vs Bayer Leverkusen.