Manchester United boss David Moyes says humbling Bayern Leverkusen 5-0 in the Champions League was his side’s best display since taking charge of the Premier League champions.
United reached the last 16 of the European Champions League with a game to spare after thrashing the second-placed Bundesliga outfit at the Bay Arena on Wednesday.
Wayne Rooney, again, stood out with another impressive performance, having a hand in four of the ‘Red Devils” goals. He chipped to the back post for Antonio Valencia’s tap-in for the first before Emir Spahic scored an own goal from the Englishman’s free-kick.
Defender Jonny Evans increased the tally in the second-half before Chris Smalling touched in and Luis Nani later rounded the goalkeeper for a fifth.
“It’s the best we’ve played in my time here and there’s more to come. To score five goals, we haven’t done that, and to do it away is special,” Moyes said.
The German’s lost an unbeaten home record on the night as Rooney and Ryan Giggs, who was two days short of his fortieth birthday, ran riot on the counter with Phil Jones and Shinji Kagawa orchestrating play in the midfield.
“There were so many good performances. To come to Germany and get a such a good result, Leverkusen are second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich, it gives an idea of where our performance and result stood.
“(Tonight’s performance) was what I was hoping to get more often, there have been signs we are getting better but also signs we have been wasteful as well,” added Moyes.
In the other Group A match, Shakhtar Donetsk defetaed Real Sociedad 4-0 in their final group match.
Leverkusen, who have seven points, one fewer than Shakhtar, travel to San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad while the Ukraine club need victory at Old Trafford to be sure of their place in the next round.